Go inside Charlottesville’s black market

These feature articles are the combined work of C-VILLE writers J. Tobias Beard, Kyle Daly, Brendan Fitzgerald, Will Goldsmith, Erika Howsare, Meg McEvoy, David T. Roisen & Jayson Whitehead

People in Black

We all know there’s a market for illegal goods and activities out there. Pick up any newspaper—including this one—or watch any news broadcast and find the evidence amply displayed. So-and-so arrested on gun charges. Somebody or other busted for smoking a joint. We all walk around with a vague idea that people engaged in various criminal activities are out there somewhere. But exactly how much money is changing hands on the black market and who’s exchanging it?

With this story, which represents months of research and reporting, we don’t divulge the names but we do list plenty of prices. If you’ve got 50 bucks to spare, for instance—and you know where to spend it—you could get yourself anything from a sexual encounter to a gram of cocaine to a couple of hits of ecstasy to 10 illegal mix tapes or maybe a day of labor from an undocumented worker. Sure, there are risks associated with illegal trade (see the aforementioned arrest blotter), but apparently they’re outweighed by the benefits. In Charlottesville, as in the rest of the country, the market—even the black market—rules.

The Chalkboard (a quick list)

Drugs
Marijuana

  • Gram: $15
  • Eighth: $35-$60
  • Quarter: $25-$100
  • Half: $40-$120
  • Ounce: $80-$400
  • Pound: $800-$1200

Crack

  • 20 bag: $20

Cocaine

  • Gram: $50-$100
  • Eightball: $150 – $250
  • Ounce: $600-$1200
  • Kilo: $22,000

Ecstasy

  • Pill: $20-$30

Shrooms

  • Eighth: $25-$35
  • Quarter: $40-$70

LSD

  • Tab: $5-$10

Heroin

  • Bag: $20
  • Bundle: $100 – $120

Opioids

  • Vicodin: $5.00/pill
  • Percocet: $2.50-$10/pill
  • Oxycontin: $ .50-$1/mg
  • Methadone: $1/mg
  • Morphine: $10/pill
  • Dilaudid: $20-$40/pill
  • Fentanyl: $30-$100/patch

Pharmaceuticals

  • Adderal: $3-$15/pill
  • Xanax: $1-$10/pill
  • Methamphetamine
  • Gram: $75-80
  • Eightball: $230
  • 6gram: $350

Moonshine

  • Gallon: $50-$150

Sex

  • Blowjob: $5-30
  • Intercourse: ~$50

Weapons

  • 9mm pistol: $250

Entertainment

  • Pirated DVDs: $10
  • Pirated CDs: $5
  • Illegal Mixtapes: $5-$6

iPods

  • Nano: $60
  • 60 gig Video: $150

Fighting Dogs: $100s – $1000s.

Video Games: Free

Tickets

  • Justin Timberlake: $200 (mark up from $90.50)
  • Rod Stewart: $450 for “front row” (mark up from $125)

Labor

  • Under-the-table restaurant labor: $10/hr
  • House cleaning: $55-$120
  • Yard work/maintenance: $200-$300/day

Documents

  • UVA-Corner quality fake ID: $75-80+
  • Immigration-quality fake ID: $300 to $1500
  • Replica UVA diploma: $184.95
  • With transcripts: $269.95

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