There’s A Dark Side To These Dating Apps That Will Shock You

Florida authorities working undercover on dating apps such as Grindr and Scruff for the past six months have gathered evidence that has led to more than 60 drug-related arrests.

Authorities say the apps, that target LGBTQ+ individuals, have been used to sell methamphetamine, cocaine, Ecstasy, LSD, Fentanyl, and marijuana using code words and emojis.

The operation, called “Swipe Left for Meth,” started back in July when Polk County police were first notified of the illegal activity being arranged through these apps.

“We’ve known for some time that suspects will use the Internet and social media to prey upon children online or to engage in prostitution,” the Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement, “but this is something we are seeing more and more of in Polk County – suspects who are using dating apps to sell illegal narcotics.”

The investigation has led to 159 total felony charges and 72 misdemeanor charges.

Judd said 14 firearms were confiscated during the investigations and subsequent arrests.

Authorities say the individuals arrested were not using the apps to date but were targeting individuals using the platforms to sell drugs. “It was clear during the conversations and ensuing undercover drug buys that the suspects’ primary purposes for being on the dating app were to sell drugs – not to find a date,” the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. The dating app Grindr maintains that selling drugs is prohibited on their applications. “Our moderation team works hard every day to ban bad actors while maintaining the privacy and security of our users,” the company’s Vice President Bill Shafton said.

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