The drug officer pointed out that there are Drug Trade Organisations (DTOs), which, in order to avoid being exposed to anti-narcotic agencies, are hiring freelance chemists to prepare meth.
Several chemistry professors in the past have been probed by the NCB and ANC.
“During investigations, it has come to light that students from several educational institutes, mainly colleges located in western Indian states like Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat have been getting their supply of synthetic drugs like methamphetamine from their college professors,” told one senior officer to The Indian Express.
“This is a surprising and disturbing trend that we learnt about during interrogation of several persons related to the trade,” the officer added.
How are drug peddlers working around educational institutes?
- According to sources, drug peddlers have created a network within the periphery of educational institutes
- Anti-drug agencies are keeping a close eye to crack down these networks
- The officials also said that it becomes more easier for professors to peddle synthesis drugs, famously known as ‘smartness drugs‘ among the students, owing to direct contacts with the students
- “For professors, it becomes far more easier since they already have a direct line of communication with these students, who form a major chunk of the consumers. All they have to do is find out who among them is involved in taking drugs. Most of these are professors with a chemistry background,” the officer said. “Our investigations are in progress and depending on the evidence we get at hand, we could make some arrests,” the officer added
- The drug officer pointed out that there are Drug Trade Organizations (DTOs), which, in order to avoid being exposed to anti-narcotic agencies, are hiring freelance chemists to prepare meth.
“Hence there has been a demand for people from a chemistry background who can help cook the drug as well. Everything else like managing basic supplies and the place to cook is handled by other members of the DTO’s. We are checking if these professors are involved in cooking meth as well,” the officer said.
Organic drugs are substituted by synthetic ones:
As per the officer’s statement, the demand for organic narcotics like ganja and charas has been substituted by synthesis drugs significantly in the last few years. It is said that synthesis drugs like meth have a far greater impact on health. “This is a worrying trend because synthetic drugs can cause much more damage of a permanent nature than organic drugs,” said one officer.
“Meth has been in high demand over the past few years since it is much cheaper and easily available than semi-synthetic drugs like cocaine,” the officer added.
Synthesis drugs like Methamphetamine, also known by its various aliases–meth, crystal, ice, chalk–are extremely addictive.