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Drug peddlers catch ?em young

DRUG PEDDLERS, in their nefarious bid to spread their tentacles far and wide, trap youngsters of leading convent schools and medical and engineering colleges ? ?as they (youngsters) are eveready to checkout the kick.?

india Updated: Jun 06, 2006 01:33 IST

DRUG PEDDLERS, in their nefarious bid to spread their tentacles far and wide, trap youngsters of leading convent schools and medical and engineering colleges – “as they (youngsters) are eveready to checkout the kick.”

Sources say several youngsters from affluent families have developed addiction for morphine, cocaine and some other drugs. Finding students their potential customers, drug peddlers have made permanent counters close to some convent schools and engineering and medical colleges. An additional SP in the Special Task Force (STF), while revealing the modus operandi of drug dealers, said they supply free sachets to their vendors to identify an addict among the students and provide the drug free of cost. An addict needs at least two doses of the drug in 24 hours and it costs about Rs 150 to Rs 200.

The idea behind this ‘free gift’ was to lure this addict to make more drug addicts in his institution. And, this addict student makes all out efforts to lure others in his school/college after offering them the sachet of the drug ‘free’.

The drug is initially given in a cigarette and the moment one tastes the ‘kick’ he craves for more.

These new addicts spread the menace among their friends and the goal of the drug dealer is achieved. With investment of a few thousand rupees the dealer earns several lakhs in a month.

ASP Rajesh Pandey, who had served here as SP (East) till 2003, recalled that principal of a leading convent school had contacted him complaining about a drug vendor luring students for addiction of drug. As the principal had requested to keep the matter a secret, Pandey himself pursued the operation against the drug dealers.

He revealed that the sale of drugs was orchestrated under the patronage of a gangster and the vendor deputed outside the school was offering morphine and smack free of cost to students. The vendor was arrested and he disclosed that about half-a-dozen students of the reputed school had turned addicts following his ‘efforts’.

Similarly, the menace spread its wings rapidly at medical and engineering colleges. It begins at hostels and same modus operandi was applied here too.
Drug dealers have a flourishing trade in hostels of the university and adjacent areas of a few degree colleges.

A DIG rank officer, who served the narcotics cell of the CB-CID, revealed that the youngsters who turn drug addicts initially start stealing money and other belongings from their own houses. And, a few of them even join the criminals for money to purchase drugs.