What Does Being a Drug Dealer Mean?

What Does Being a Drug Dealer Mean?
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A drug dealer sells illegal drugs (and some legal ones), of any type or quantity to any type of person. In fact, they may be small-time dealers who sell small quantities to offset the costs of their own drug use. Or “what does being a drug dealer mean” refers to highly organized groups and businesspeople in organized crime.

Of course, some drug dealers can be classified as drug pushers. However, in reality, there is a lot of variability among drug dealers.

Indeed, there is a lot of variability in the types of drugs they sell, and the reasons they sell.

Moreover, they also sell drugs to various types of people.


When most people think of a drug dealer, they think of someone who is uneducated with a long criminal record. However, most people would be surprised to learn that many drug dealers live and work right alongside ordinary citizens.

In fact, they may have a regular day job and a stable home.

They could even be part of a loving family. In fact, many don’t even do drugs themselves, or only in small amounts.

Rather, they are only in the business for the significant profits they can make.

Drug dealers are often seen as predatory and immoral. Despite this, research suggests that people who use drugs tend to have positive perceptions of the people who sell to them.

Today, the use of online sales may make it much easier for people to become drug dealers. In fact, they are often able to remain anonymous. Moreover, they can avoid meeting their customers face-to-face.


In fact, drug dealers’ customers come from every walk of life. For instance, they come from lower to upper class, and every race and gender. Many market to students in high school or college while others cater to professionals.

Likewise, there is a cottage drug dealing industry of prescription drugs, such as sedatives or medications for ADD. These drugs are taken by young professionals in high-pressure jobs.

They help them cope with the pressure of their jobs (or so they think).

Whether a person sells small quantities of leftover painkillers or large batches of illegal substances, that person is a drug dealer. Therefore, he/she is violating state and/or federal law. Doing any transactions with that person can have serious legal ramifications. This includes arrest and jail time.

Drug dealers also routinely steal from their customers. They do this by overcharging them or providing them with a smaller amount of drugs than the purchased amount.


Dealers sell drugs for a wide variety of reasons. Of course, mainly to make money.

For others, selling drugs is a means of survival. While not all drug dealers use substances, there is still a significant overlap. An estimated 43% of people who sell drugs meet the criteria for a substance use disorder.


There are multiple drugs in the country that are illegal to make, possess or sell:

  • Cocaine and heroin
  • Ecstasy (MDMA)
  • Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB)
  • Vicodin (hydrocodone; if possessed without a valid prescription)
  • Ketamine (without a valid prescription)
  • Methamphetamine


Many innocent people are accused of drug offenses they did not commit. Our firm understands that your liberty is precious to you and your loved ones. Drug defense attorney Alex Mendoza is committed to building the strongest case possible for our clients.

The police and prosecutors must prove every element of the drug crime they charged beyond a reasonable doubt. We will hold them to that high standard of proof.

Of course, most criminal cases are resolved through plea deals. In the right cases, we will negotiate a plea for you from a position of strength. However, we will never agree to a plea unless you also agree.

If we cannot settle your case through a plea agreement, we will be prepared to try your case and seek the dismissal of all charges against you.

In short, if you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, you will need an aggressive criminal defense attorney. Do not hesitate to call Criminal Lawyer Alex Mendoza Law (219) 200-2000 or email us at for a FREE CONSULTATION.

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