Drug Racketeers caught peddling to students of various schools and colleges in Hyderabad

Drug Racketeers caught peddling to students of various schools and colleges in Hyderabad

HYDERABAD,July6: Authorities on Wednesday wrote letters to 26 top schools of Hyderabad and 27 colleges, urging them to curb drug menace among students.

Racketeers involved in peddling high-end narcotics like LSD, MDMA had a mixed clientele of around 1,000 people including a film producer, officials of MNCs and shockingly students of various schools and colleges here, a senior Excise Department official said today.

Eight persons, five of them engineers working in good positions in multinational companies, have been arrested so far by the Excise Department since it busted the drug racket on Sunday after conducting raids across Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

About 700 dots of LSD worth Rs 20 lakh and 35gm of MDMA worth Rs 1.4 lakh were recovered from the peddlers.

 Calvin Mascrenhas, 29, Mohammed Abdul Wahed, 20, and his elder brother Mohammed Abdul Quddus, 29, were arrested with contraband by the excise wing.

What sApp messages on mobiles seized from peddlers give a peek into the murky world of school-going addicts. “I liked the drug. It gave me a nearly 12-hour high. I want more, can u arrange?” a class 9 girl student of a prominent Hyderabad school pleaded in her message to a drug peddler on his WhatsApp.

Officials told schools and colleges to ‘sensitise’ teachers and students and watch out for erratic/deviant behaviour in them. “It would be good if the areas in the vicinity of the school premises are monitored. Easy availability of cash/cards with students is a concern,” Sabharwal said. He also added that schools should take this up as a campaign.

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