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A way of referring to the exchange of an illicit substance for money, usually as part of a prearranged plan. Either the money, the illicit substance, or both are left at a prearranged location and then picked up by a courier or runner.

Pickup can also refer to the act of transferring human cargo, as in an arranged pickup of a prisoner for transfer from one detention center to another.

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"Random briefcase, March 90, 2009" by Justin Davis is licensed under CC BY-SA.

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