US drug trafficking experts have revealed the hidden meaning behind emojis used by drug dealers to secretly communicate with teenagers.
The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) says seemingly innocent icons are being abused on social media like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube.
Things as ordinary as a crystal ball, a diamond, a test tube, and even a blue heart mean something very different in the criminal circles.
These are all codes for meth, experts claim.
The dragon emoji and brown heart aren’t what they seem either.
They can mean heroin.
Meanwhile, cocaine has multiple emoji guises, from a simple snowflake or snowman to the more obscure billiard 8-balls, a key, and also a puffer fish.
You’ll know if a merchant is advertising if they’re using either money-related emojis, such as B. the money bag, but less obvious ones are the crown and the socket.
The lightning bolt and candy emoji also take a sinister turn, signifying MDMA and Mollies.
Elsewhere, weeds can be identified with the wind swell, flames, palm trees, Christmas tree, and four-leaf clover emoji.
The DEA says these emojis are common examples found in their investigations.
“Criminal drug networks are misusing social media to expand their reach, create new markets and target new customers,” the agency warned.
“This includes selling deadly counterfeit fentanyl and methamphetamine pills, often to unsuspecting teens, young adults and older Americans who believe they are buying the real thing.
“Posts and stories are often accompanied by well-known code words and emojis used to market and sell illegal and deadly drugs on social media.
“These code words and emojis are designed to evade detection by law enforcement and by the preset algorithms used by social media platforms.”
Some of the emojis are more obvious, like the mushroom.
The cookie also has a special definition for “large batch”.
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