This violence is diluted as it reaches the end cocaine user but those that don't pay up or grass on dealers and get discovered will inevitably be hurt in a bad way. I've seen several people have their faces slashed wide open with Stanley knives. Others have simply been 'switched off'. The usual local drug dealers are normally a part of a firm that when necessary - get together to tune-up another smaller firm or certain individuals.
For what I've seen, many of these cocaine dealers are cowards and wouldn't be able to rip and slash their victims by themselves. They make it known to all, that they are firm-handed and so most people that don't have any kind of backing or protection tend to bow down to these low-life bully cowards.
Some of the scumbag moves they pull are shameful! I remember one guy who ran a pub in the East End of London and became heavily addicted to cocaine and got involved with the local coke firm that used his pub. They became what he thought was 'friends' but all they were doing was sucking him in and preparing to set him up.
This publican owned an apartment in Spain and so the plan was to get the publican to stash about 40 kilos of puff in his gaff. A few days later, they took him out for splosh-up and during that night out, they had a few of their pals rob his gaff and steal the stash. To cut a long story short, they told him he had to pay for it or else. He didn't have the money to pay them and so they took his apartment in Spain instead – which is what they wanted in the first place!
This kind of thing is not as uncommon as people might think. I was so glad to move away from these kinds of slags as not one of them could be trusted. They all talked about 'this grass' and 'that grass', while all the time there were cocaine dealers that got spun and nicked by the Old Bill. Several of these so-called 'stand-up' guys would ‘lolly’ on other coke dealers. The Old Bill would let them go and forever be doing a trade with these rats.
Another little move they'd do, was to listen in on receivers to drug dealers that were talking on their mobiles. They’d wait for the dealer to leave his 'mix' and rob him. Usually, it would often be people that they were doing a trade with.
More’s the pity, I’ve been in company with people doing Charlie and while they were coked-up and boozed up would let slip that if they were to get captured by the police, that they'd name names. I couldn't get away from these rats quick enough. Anyone who is stupid enough to trust anyone in the cocaine game (or any criminal activity) - needs to wake up and smell the bullshit, as most would roll-over on them to save their own arses in a heartbeat.
Years ago, there used to be a code of honour and the East-Enders had rules – but alas, those days are long gone!
I'll never forget the words my uncle told me when I was 17 years old...
He told me, "There's no more honour among thieves - it's only thieves amongst thieves”. And sadly, he was right!
By the way, it might come as a surprise to you that there are many legal substances that are equally - if not more addictive than cocaine