|Not to be confused with the Drug Dealers in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.|
There are four different models for crack dealers. One is an African American man in a sleeveless brown mesh shirt, black skullcap and a gold necklace, the second is a white man in a grey hooded sweatshirt. The third is a biker dressed up in a skullcap/helmet, white shirt, sleeveless gray leather vest and gray pants and boots, while the fourth one (never appearing on the streets) is Hispanic and wears black sunglasses, a sleeveless gray shirt, gray stonewashed jeans and black-white sneakers. The African American crack dealer appears more often in the traditional gang areas such as Ganton, whereas the white one tends to appear more often in the white and Hispanic areas, although both can be commonly seen throughout Los Santos. The third appears very rarely during normal gameplay but commonly spawns in the beginning of a new game, along with some San Fierro pedestrians in Los Santos. The player may see a biker pedestrian with a similar skin when riding a Freeway. However, the Freeway riding biker has a different voice, and upon inspecting the files, it comes out that the name of the biker drug dealer is bikdrug, while the normal Freeway riding bikers' is bikera. The Hispanic drug dealer only appears in the mission Ice Cold Killa and never on the streets.
Crack dealers strike a unique pose when not walking in which they cross their hands at waist level. They always carry a pistol or knife on rare occasion and will fire at CJ if he verbally provokes them or even draws a weapon while looking at them. If violence not directed at them occurs near them, they'll act like a regular pedestrian and either crouch with their hands over their heads, or run away. If they are killed, they drop a pistol and at least $2,000, which is a good source of money in the game.
Sometimes, random pedestrians will walk up to a crack dealer and a small transaction will take place, and the two may exchange a few words, although no drugs or money are seen.
If Carl approaches the crack dealer, the dealer will offer to sell him drugs. Carl is given the option to reply positively or negatively, but no matter which he has selected, he will always refuse to buy any drugs. CJ's negative replies are much more verbally aggressive than the positive ones. The dealer will more often than not start to open fire after receiving a reply in the negative.
It is possible that Carl Johnson was able to purchase drugs from crack dealers in the beta, but this ability was removed from the final version of the game.
At the beginning of the game, they spawn very rarely. However, after completing the mission Doberman, they appear much more frequently. They especially spawn in the Ganton area, which could be a hint as to the events of The Green Sabre, but even after all of the storyline missions are completed, or even 100% completion is attained, they will still spawn regularly in the ghettos of Los Santos.
Crack dealers are only supposed to appear in Los Santos. However, there is a way to make the two crack dealers appear in San Fierro, by replicating the Territory Glitch. They act the same as the two that are normally present. The skin they share is the biker drug dealer.
- The members of pop band Sunshine Shine in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories all resemble the black crack dealer's model.
- If the player kills a pedestrian while trading with a drug dealer, the pedestrian's body will not disappear.
- The black crack dealer knows CJ. For example, they sometimes say "CJ, I'm gone, I'm gone, homie." or "You should've killed me CJ!".
- When a transaction is taking place and a police officer passes by (on foot or when driving), the crack dealer and the officer will immediately exchange gunfire.
- In the Los Santos Riots, they no longer drop a huge amount of money when killed, and they no longer always have a Pistol, but they can still have one at times.