A Drug Trafficking is one of the possible Plots in a game of Covert Action. In-game is it referred to as a "Drug Smuggle" plot. This is one of the rarer plots in the game, and one of the most complicated in structure. This plot is unique in that it has two separate Primary Crimes to be thwarted. With many Participants involved, and the branching nature of the plot, this one should pose a challenge even for advanced players. To mitigate this somewhat, the mission employs three different Couriers, who serve to slow down events a little, and increase your potential score.
In a Drug Trafficking scenario, 7 participants attempt to process a large quantity of Raw Cocaine and distribute the processed Crack Cocaine (or, in the case of the Super Drug Mission Set, an enhanced version of Mescal) into the marketplace.
It is hard to break this specific plot into discernable steps. Agent activation, Minor Crimes and various other activities seem to occur without any specific order. Still, the plot can be boiled down to several "branches" which occur more or less simultaneously. To maintain uniformity between the Plot articles, they will be described the same as other plots, as four different sections:
The plot begins with several participants planning the operation and getting in touch with some of the other participants.
In the third step, the Chemist commits the Primary Crime by processing the drugs into their finished state.
In the fourth step, the processed drugs are sent via Courier to the Drug Kingpin, who will commit another Primary Crime by distributing it into the Black Market. He also contacts the Mr. Big of the operation to let him know that everything went according to plan.
In both of these sets, the Drug Trafficking plot will always occur as the final (Ultimate) mission in the set. The set will end after this mission is completed, whether the plot has been foiled or not.
Activates the Delivered Money and the Pickup Man.Withdraws $1,000,000 from a shady bank account.Contacts Mr. Big to inform him that the mission is about to be completed.Distributes the drugs to the market.
During a Drug Trafficking plot, four items are created and will move between participants as the plot dictates:
Sequence of Events
Acquired by the Drug Supplier as his opening action in the plot.Delivered to the Chemist sometime afterwards.The Chemist "loses" this item during the first Major Crime.
Acquired by the Supplier in a Minor Crime during the second part of the plot.Delivered to the Chemist sometime afterwards.The Chemist "loses" this item during the first Primary Crime.
Acquired by the Chemist during the first Primary Crime.Delivered to the Pickup Man, and from him to the Drug Kingpin.The Drug Kingpin "loses" this item during the second Primary Crime.
Acquired by the Drug Kingpin in a Minor Crime during the second part of the plot.Delivered to the Delivered Money, and from him to the Drug Supplier.The Drug Supplier will try to take this time with him Into Hiding.
The Drug Trafficking Plot is extremely complex compared to all other plots. Not only does it involve 7 different participants (plus a Mastermind!), it has several different kinds of things happening all at the same time. Initial Activation of agents takes place alongside Acquisition of items from the very first day, Items appear out of nowhere and are sent in the mail, one participant conforms to no less than three different Role Archtypes, not to mention there being two different Primary Crimes to foil!
For this reason it would be very difficult to portray the mission in a simple-to-read yet accurate format. Therefore the action list below does not nearly portray the mission as it would actually take place (with or without intervention from Max)! Instead, it is layed out in a structure more similar to that of the other plots, including Activation, Acquisition, Execution and Resolution.
So remember, this is definitely not the way it is actually going to go down, it's just written this way to help you understand what is going to happen. Actually keeping track of the progress of the plot and knowing when and where to be every hour is really up to your experience. This is, in fact, the most difficult plot in the game.
"A large quantity of chemicals is required for the latest drug shipment. Deliver them to our primary lab without delay."
By this point none of the above participants have completed their role in the plot. However, remember that this plot is extremely complex, and that this stage will probably end during the Acquisition stage, not before it. This means that by the time all the above messages are delivered, one or more of the above participants may have already compelted their missions and will go into hiding!
During this stage, the Minor Agents perform Minor Crimes to acquire the necessary items for this plot. All items are finally delivered to the Major Agent. In addition, money is withdrawn and delivered to one of the Organizers via no fewer than two Couriers.
"Bulletin: (INTERPOL Drug Enforcement) A large quantity of polyethylene ether, often used in the purification of illegal drugs, was purchased today in the city of <Supplier's Location> by person or persons unknown."
"The money is all here. It is a pleasure doing business with you."
The Middlemansends the $1,000,000 to the Drug Supplier.
Note: The money is sent by wire. There is no meeting or message sent between the Middleman and Drug Supplier. The money will simply appear in the Drug Supplier's possession. There is no way to detect the event as it occurs.
By the end of this stage, the Drug Supplier, Supplier, Delivered Money and Middleman should have completed their missions and will attempt to go into hiding unless Arrested or Turned.
During this stage, the Processed Drugs make their way from one Major Agent to another by Courier, in order to commit yet another Primary Crime. The Mastermind is informed that all went according to plan.