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The Thrilling Drug Mission That Didn't Make It Into GTA 5

GTA Online came out on Oct. 1, 2013, just weeks after the launch of GTA 5. The online version became a hit multiplayer title, and it still gets new content today, like late 2020's Cayo Perico Heist. GTA 5 and GTA Online both have robust fan communities, (plus their fair share of hackers), who have scoured the game's code and the Internet to learn the games' secrets. Even though Rockstar usually doesn't comment on cut content, fans have still found many of the company's abandoned plans for the games. 


GTA Online includes many heists and other crimes the player can complete for cash, but many more were either planned and scrapped, or redesigned into the final versions that wound up in the game. One of these was a mission called "Lines of Coke."  It would have been given by Martin Madrazo, the quest-giver who's the head of a Mexican drug cartel. In the end, players did get another similar mission from Madrazo. While it's not quite as epic as the secret mission involving stolen UFO parts, it's still a solid heist. 

GTA Online's cut cocaine heist

"Lines of Coke," in classic GTA Online fashion, involved ripping off some coke dealers. It starts off with the player ambushing a drug deal and killing everyone involved. The GPS inside one of the drug dealers' Grangers directs the player to the depot in Burro Heights. At the depot, the player shoots more dealers, then hacks their laptop to find the location of the supplier. This takes the player to the Los Santos International Airport. At the airport, the player blows up the supplier's private jet, then clears out a hangar full of enemies guarding a whole lot of cocaine. The player steals the drugs and takes them back to Madrazo's house to end the mission. 


The mission's existence was accidentally revealed along with many others in the months following GTA Online's release, when the Rockstar servers accidentally made the missions available. Many of these deleted missions were actually early drafts of ones that made it into the final game. "Lines of Coke" plays out very much like the GTA Online mission "The Los Santos Connection." Most likely "Lines of Coke" evolved into "The Los Santos Connection," thought it could have been intended to be its own job.