The junkie would call a drug dealer's dispatcher and place an order for heroin.
Then, the dispatcher would tell the drug addict a time and place to meet courier to make the deal.
That was the business model for a Mexican heroin cartel operating in South Carolina, said Reggie Lloyd, director of the S.C. State Law Enforecement Division.
Lloyd and other federal, state and local law enforcement officials explained the drug operation Thursday morning as they announced the indictments of 21 people involved in the ring. The ring is another piece of evidence that Mexican drug traffickers are trying to move into the state, Lloyd said.
And, the latest bust is a sign that heroin is on the rise in South Carolina, he said.