KUALA TERENGGANU, April 28 (Bernama) -- Police believe that the increase in the number of students addicted to WY-type psychotropic pills in the state is mainly due to efforts taken by a syndicate to give the students a taste of the drugs for free.
Terengganu Narcotic Crimes Investigation Department chief Supt Roslan Abdul Wahid said after consuming the pills for at least three times, the students would become addicted to the pills.
"When this happens, the syndicate will start selling the pills to the students at a price between RM30 and RM70 each," he told Bernama here today.
He said the increase in the number of students addicted to drugs or being used as drug mules and drug pushers in Terengganu was worrying.
"Three students, who had been used by drug syndicate to distribute drugs in schools, have been arrested so far this year, with the latest being a 14-year-old who was arrested with a man in Kampung Pak Tuyu on Monday for being in possession of 17 WY pills," he said.
Roslan said police also uncovered a new tactic used by drug pushers, that is, hiding the drugs in electrical gadgets.
He said this was uncovered with the arrest of a 26-year-old man in a raid on a house in Paka, Dungun on April 21, where syabu weighing 6.3gm and worth about RM5,000 was found hidden in the battery of his laptop computer.
The man, who had two previous criminal records related to drugs, is being investigated under Section 39A (1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.