A home delivery firm offering to bring McDonald’s burgers to your door is secretly selling lethal drugs. The online company boasts of being a 24-hour one stop shop for fast food, booze, and cigarettes.
Its website carries the logos of McDonald’s, Nando’s, KFC and Pizza Hut – and it poses as just another of the new firms that have started delivering popular takeaway orders to homes across the UK. But the site is a front for an illegal operation supplying Class A party drugs such as cocaine, ketamine, MDMA and LSD.
Along with the logos of the famous brands – who are not aware of their use by the illicit operation – a line tells customers to ‘speak to our advisors to discuss your order’, adding: ‘Any night can be party night.’
Posing as new customers, our reporters made contact with the Manchester-based firm through its only advertised phone number. It quickly became clear that drink and fast food were not the only goods on the menu. In our first call, a young woman operating its 24-hour delivery hotline answered.
There was no mention of the takeaway burgers and pizzas offered on the website as she brazenly made her pitch: “What you after? We’ve got charlie. We’ve got MDMA, ket and LSD.”
Charlie is slang for cocaine and MDMA is the psychoactive content in ecstasy. Ket is a nickname for the horse tranquiliser ketamine which can kill. And LSD is a potentially lethal hallucinogenic.
The saleswoman casually went on: “The charlie is £45 a gram. The MDMA is £30. We can get to you in about 10 minutes.”
She asked to be texted a delivery address and 20 minutes later called our investigator back. Describing the firm’s driver and his car, she said: “He’s outside in a silver Astra.”
The firm’s website states: “Our driver will call you to the door. One person must come to the car and collect and pay. Please note: Our drivers do not leave the vehicle for safety reasons.”
A young Asian man in his 20s was behind the wheel. When asked if he had a delivery, he told our investigator to get in the passenger seat in order to “go for a drive round the corner”.
We declined and the man hastily drove off. Later, a second undercover investigator called the firm from a different address. This time the order hotline was answered by a man.
An hour later, the same man rang back and informed us that a female delivery driver was parked up outside in a blue Chevrolet. Two sachets of white powder were handed over in exchange for £90.
Our investigators immediately took the powder to a drug-testing laboratory, AlphaBioLabs in Warrington, where it was found to be cocaine.
A source who tipped us off about the illegal operation said: “The site is the talk of Manchester among students and clubbers. “It looks just like a legitimate delivery service for everything you need to have a party at home. They say they do alcohol, fast food, even condoms. The reality is that it’s all about drugs.”
The source – who we have agreed not to identify – added: “There’s just one phone number and the only person you ever see in person is the delivery driver who comes right to your address. “It’s cutting out the need to do business face-to-face with a drug dealer, which no-one really wants to do. Having it all online is proving very easy and very popular.”
The site is called alcoholmanchester.co.uk and as part of its cover as a legitimate business it has a section called Other Services offering to deliver takeaways and even Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
But beneath the big restaurant chain names, the owners can’t resist hinting at what they are really selling with pictures of other food – lemons, blueberries and a wedge of cheese. The Police National Legal Database contains a list of almost 3,000 street slang words and phrases associated with illegal drugs.
Cheese is slang for heroin and blueberry is another name for marijuana. Lemon can also mean methamphetamine. The home delivery website gushes: “Anything our customer wants, our customer receives.”
It also points out: ‘Our product list goes far beyond our website. If there is any product, however big or small you feel will enhance your night or party experience speak to one of our advisers.
"We are personal, professional, discreet and reliable’ – a strange boast for a fast food delivery service. The blurb concludes: “We are known for our extensive knowledge in sourcing the most hard to find and least readily available products. "There is no mountain too high, no bridge too far.” And now, no cover at all for what they really do.
Although currently only operating in Manchester, it is feared the firm could rapidly expand to other towns and cities. Today, we traced two men linked to the site to a £1.3million house in a Cheshire suburb. The Sunday Mirror’s evidence has now been passed to Greater Manchester Police.
A spokesman said: “We are grateful to have had this website brought to our attention. We have launched an urgent investigation.”
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