People were transporting drugs around the place in the 80s- your local smackhead wasn't growing his own. It was a business back then and here were some pretty heavy people involved in it. As to weapons, I didn't see them routinely carried in the 80s when I was a teen, but they did get used on occasion. The football lads I knew could tell you some stories... If I have time and will, I'll dig into the ONS murder stats later and see what they say.