Police: School students involved in illegal drug trade

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REVELATIONS have surfaced that school students are being used in the illegal drug trade — more recently as “ice peddlers”.

The head of the Criminal Investigation Department’s (CID) Drug Unit, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Anare Masitabua, confirmed that an Year 11 student was found with methamphetamine two weeks ago.

ASP Masitabua said this was a new trend discovered by police and they were aware that drug dealers were using “these young ones to move drugs”.

School students are now being used as methamphetamine or ‘ice’ peddlers, say police.

Criminal Investigations Department drug unit head Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Anare Masitabua told this newspaper that just two weeks ago a Year 11 student was found with methamphetamine.

He said while this was a new trend, it was crucial for parents to know the whereabouts of their children at all times.

“Drug dealers will use these young ones to move the drugs,” he said.

ASP Masitabua added they had observed that parents do not spend enough time with their children.

“Children need to listen to their parents and parents should have time for their kids.

“We have seen that the bond between the child and their parents is not as good as we expect them to be, and we have experienced that in one of the cases from a secondary school in the last two weeks where one Form Five (Year 11) student was found with meth.”

He said with the 2019/2020 National Budget allocation, the force would be able to counter this problem.

“Our budget is $800,000 and we hope that we will spend it wisely.”

ASP Masitabua said police were now trying to develop a national drug strategy focused on the elimination of drugs.


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