The Cocaine Lockup is one of the five businesses you gain access to once you own a Motorcycle Club.
These businesses don't necessarily create as much income as other content, such as the Cayo Perico Heist, and despite what some people say they're not exactly passive income, but they do accomplish a lot of the work passively, making for a quick influx of cash after just a few sell missions.
For some of these businesses the rate on investment, both of time and money, is well worth it. The Cocaine Lockup is one of them, along with the Counterfeit Cash Factory and the Methamphetamine Lab. In this article we’ll tell you everything you need to know about how to set up the Cocaine Lockup in GTA V Online, from locations to upgrades to max payout and more so read on!
- GTA V Online Cocaine Lockup Best Location
- How To Set Up A Cocaine Lockup Business in GTA V Online
- GTA V Online Cocaine Lockup Upgrades
- GTA V Online Cocaine Lockup Max Payout
- How to Run a Cocaine LockupIn GTA V Online
- Is The Cocaine Lockup Worth It In GTA V Online
- Why Is My GTA V Online Cocaine Lockup Not Producing?
GTA V Online Cocaine Lockup Best Location
As with all GTA V Online businesses, the only things that really make one location better than another are price and convenience. The businesses themselves are exactly the same no matter the location.
Here's a list of all the Cocaine Lockup locations and their prices in GTA V Online:
- Alamo Sea (GTA$ 975,000)
- Paleto Bay (GTA$ 1,098,000)
- Elysian Island (GTA$ 1,462,500)
- Morningwood (GTA$ 1,852,500)
Our recommendation is to just choose the least expensive one: The Alamo Sea location. The nice thing about this is it has a convenience factor as well: If you plan to also purchase the Counterfeit Cash Factory and the Methamphetamine Lab, the Alamo Sea Cocaine Lockup is close to both of them, as well as the cheapest Motorcycle Clubhouse location.
That means you can complete all of your sell missions in a row without having to drive all over San Andreas (at least, not quite as much). If you also purchase a close-by Bunker location then you're really set for some profitable bulk sell mission sessions.
How To Set Up A Cocaine Lockup in GTA V Online
For each of the MC Club businesses you'll need to complete an initial setup mission.
In the case of the Cocaine Lockup, you need to steal a Tampa and bring it back to the lockup. This is pretty easy but if you're not sure what to do, follow these steps:
- Once you purchase the business, drive to it and go inside.
- Access the laptop and select Set Up.
- Drive to the location indicated and get in the Tampa.
- At this point, if you're in a public session, you'll become visible to other players and they may try to destroy or steal your supplies. If you don't want to deal with that be sure to start this setup in a private session.
- Once you get the Tampa back to your Cocaine Lockup, the mission will be complete.
Once you're done with the setup mission you'll be ready for business! However, we wouldn't recommend getting started quite yet. This business really only becomes worthwhile once you've made a few upgrades.
GTA V Online Cocaine Lockup Upgrades
Once you've completed the setup mission you can go back to the laptop inside your Cocaine Lockup to purchase upgrades. See the options and their prices below.
Cocaine Lockup Upgrades
- Equipment Upgrade (GTA$ 935,000) - Speeds up production rate, increases product value, makes supplies last longer.
- Staff Upgrade (GTA$ $390,000) - Speeds up production rate, increases value of product.
- Security Upgrade (GTA$ $570,000) - Reduces chance of raids or attacks.
We highly recommend both the Equipment Upgrade and the Staff Upgrade as soon as possible. This will greatly increase the payout potential (see the grid below for details). The Security Upgrade is not really necessary. Raids and Attacks are pretty rare, but when they do happen they're pretty annoying so it's up to you whether you want a little bit of extra protection.
GTA V Online Cocaine Lockup Max Payout
The grid above shows you exactly how your payout will change when you change different variables of your business.
To get absolute max payout you'll want the following things:
- Equipment and Staff Upgrades
- Sell Remote
- Steal Supplies
However, if you want the maximum value for your time, we recommend one change: Don't steal the supplies. These missions are annoying and can take a while. If you're really hurting for that $15,000, earn it in a quicker mission like the Sightseer or Headhunter missions, then go purchase your supplies.
How to Run a Cocaine Lockup In GTA V Online
In case it's not clear, here's how all MC Club businesses, as well as the Bunker, work:
- Get supplies (by buying or stealing)
- Wait for product to be made
- Sell product
As mentioned above, some people consider this to be a passive income business because the product creation part is passive. (There are some actually passive ways to make money in GTA V Online. Check out our article on it, How to Get Completely Passive Income in GTA V Online.
Most people will start out a gaming session by making sure their supplies are maxed out. Then they'll do whatever they feel like, be it working on the Cayo Perico Heist or maybe gathering some Daily Collectibles, etc. Some players even just go afk to wait for their businesses to produce.
It will take 5 hours for your Cocaine Lockup product to be fully stocked, but if you're playing solo you'll want to sell earlier than that. This is because if you have too much stock you'll have quite a few vehicles full of stock to deliver and will likely run out of time before you can deliver it all.
If you're in a private session, and thus don't have to worry about other players slowing you down, you can probably sell at least half the maximum amount of product by yourself successfully.
If you're not sure how to complete a sell mission, it's pretty much the same as Bunker sell missions, except the scenarios will be different and in general they are much simpler. Check out our article on How to Complete Bunker Sell Missions (Gunrunning) in GTA Online for general guidance on how to properly execute a sell mission.
Here's some more fun info: If you own a Nightclub you can run this business through there, making it an even more hands-off experience. Or if you prefer to look at all of your businesses in one places, you can purchase the Master Control Terminal upgrade for the Arcade and handle all of your businesses from there.
Is The Cocaine Lockup Worth It In GTA V Online
Out of the five MC Club businesses, the Cocaine Lockup has the highest profit margin, making it definitely worth it and the best choice if you were to only purchase one MC Club business.
The total setup cost of this property, including upgrades and the Alamo Sea location, is GTA$ 2,300,000. Within 27 hours you can make this much money back with the business. Once you make that money back the rest is pure profit.
Because of the partially passive aspect of this business, the sooner you start, the better. So run out and get your Cocaine Lockup business today!
Why Is My GTA V Online Cocaine Lockup Not Producing?
In case your Cocaine Lockup stops working, here's some help that Rockstar Support offers to get it producing product again.
Question: What should I do if my Motorcycle Club business is not producing any product?
Answer: Whether you are managing your business through the Nightclub, the Master Control Terminal, or from your Motorcycle Club laptop, here are a few things to check to be sure your business can produce product:
Make sure all of the following conditions are met:
- The Set-Up Mission for the business has been completed
- The Business has supplies available
- If you are managing the Business from the Nightclub, a Nightclub Technician must be assigned to the desired product
- You are playing while registered as a Motorcycle Club President
Depending on the product, you should see your product level increase after 30 to 50 minutes of play if all of the above conditions are met.
If the business continues to not produce any product despite confirming everything written above, try the following steps:
- Shut down the Business.
- Play online in a public session for more than 30 minutes.
- Re-open the Business and play as a Motorcycle Club President, making sure the conditions above are met.