All About Bicycles
One great alternative to delivering by automobile is to ride a bicycle. As long as you're well-lit and following most of the rules, police generally will not target you. Find out if there's a helmet law in your area, and if there is, suck it up and wear one, at least while you're making a deal.
Remember that laws vary from state to state so you'll want to double check laws in your area. In my area, it's legal for the police to pull over a bicyclist for not having lights or plainly visible reflectors, but there is no helmet law. The police can pull you over if you are riding in the street, but if you're on the sidewalk and following pedestrian rules, they cannot do anything, unless you're endangering other people. Bicycles also have the added advantage of being able to quickly move through park and forest trails, where cops don't tend to go, but pot smokers do.
So the main thing to remember on a bicycle is to stay well-lit. Make sure your headlight and rear flashing light have enough battery power to last your trip. And if you can do it without feeling too ridiculous, you can wear a reflective vest . Few people would jump to the conclusion that a guy wearing something as dorky as a reflective vest could be a drug dealer.
All About Automobiles
I'd say that generally speaking, whatever place where you have the most control over the environment is the best place to make your deals. For most of us, this is in our own homes. Unfortunately there might be family or roommate considerations, or if you have guns in your home or are within 1,000 feet of a school, or insist on making numerous deals in short spans of time, it might be in your best interest to make deliveries instead of having people come to your home. Good dealers eventually find a healthy balance between the two, but as a beginner, it's best to stick with what makes you comfortable.
Delivering by automobile can be fairly safe as long as you always drive reasonably, and your car is up to code. Make sure to check your taillights, brake lights, head lights, and license plate light (I'm serious about this last one. I've been pulled over for a burned out license plate light.) Make sure to wear your seatbelt and that your passengers are wearing theirs. Don't go more than 4 miles over the speed limit, but don't look suspicious by going less than 7 miles under. Remember to use your turn signal, even when it's totally unnecessary. Keep your music volume and bass at a reasonable level.
Also. I sometimes see young people driving with just their left hand on the wheel, as they lean their body into the center of the car, resting their right arm on the seat. I think this is supposed to look cool, or something. maybe I'm just getting old and snobby, but I think this looks ridiculous, besides being something to attract the attention of the police.
Basically what I'm saying is don't give the police any way to legally pull you over, and don't attract attention to yourself.
The appearance of your car is also very important. Reasonable, average-looking cars are usually best. Expensive cars attract attention, as do crappy cars. Avoid offensive bumper stickers, or anything about your vehicle that would give people a bad first-impression about you.
And for tinted windows. I still haven't decided about how I feel about tinted windows. For myself, I've never made a deal inside my automobile and I won't smoke pot while driving, so I would never want tinted windows. Police and border agents definitely single out people with tinted windows, and the general public is more suspicious of tinted windows, but if it's necessary for you to take the extra risk of smoking in your car or making deals inside your car, tinted windows might not be a bad idea.
But I'm sure most of you aren't going to go out and buy a car for the purpose of dealing, but if you become a steady dealer and buy a car in the future, these are things to keep in mind.
When carrying weed in a car, the trunk is always best, as long as the cop doesn't watch you putting a small item in your trunk when you have more than enough room in the cab. Cops can't search a trunk nearly as easily as they can search the rest of your car, and if you stuff your weed under a pile of sweaty and nasty hockey uniforms, or something else that's kind-of gross but not appalling, a cop is going to feel less inclined to dig through it to look.
As for smoking in your car, I generally don't recommend it. It doesn't take long to pull over and find a secluded spot, and it's a lot safer. I personally would never smoke pot while driving, simply because I'm not a good enough driver to be able to do it without swerving. However, I do, occasionally smoke inside my car after I'm parked.
Just keep in mind that if you get pulled over, or a cop wanders near you while you're parked, just the smell of burnt pot can be probable cause to search you and your car. If you demonstrate that you know your rights, however, cops will usually want another piece of evidence before they search you against your will.
And remember, if you are ever pulled over, NEVER CONSENT TO A SEARCH, even if they swear they can and will get a search warrant. Just don't be an asshole about it. But this topic is covered more in-depth in the Dealing with Cop's chapter.
Another thing to consider when deciding to deal using your automobile is that if the police can show that you used it to sell illegal drugs, they can seize it. Sometimes they don't even need hard evidence. This certainly does not mean that they always do. Unfortunately I have no statistics on what percentage of dealers have their cars seized. The same risk applies to owning your own home, but my guess is that seizing someone's home is something the police aren't likely to do without significant motive, as something like that could cause attention to be drawn to the atrocities of the drug war.
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