HYDERABAD: Huge money is luring students to the drug racketeering market where dangerous drugs that include LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) and MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) are traded and sold in the state. The recent crime graph of the law enforcement agencies show how students are being lured into the trade because of their rapport and closeness with others of their generation.
“The trend is now catching up in smaller towns of state as well. Drug dealers believe that the law enforcement agencies usually do not suspect students. Stud-ents can easily get into campuses and sell the banned substances,” said an official excise department.
The practice of involving students in this illegal trade is not new. In the past too, students have managed huge drug rackets. But that was predominantly seen in the city. Of late though, it does seem that the trend is fast catching on in smaller towns.
“The students maintain their customer base through WhatsApp and Facebook groups. Friends and students from neighbouring colleges form their customer base. After striking a deal through the social media tools, they meet them and hand over the drugs,” said the official.
A LSD blot is sold between `4,000 to `5,000. “The drug’s effect lasts for about four to five hours. It is preferred by the college students because of its small size because of which it can be concealed easily,” officials explain....