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KUALA LUMPUR – They were poor, their parents had divorced and the eldest son, a 16-year-old, found himself as head of a household which included his two younger siblings.

Money was hard to come by. To make ends meet, the eldest got all three of them into the drug business.

Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said the case, which occurred last year, involved the three boys aged between 13 and 16, who came from a broken family.

“They were arrested in Miri, Sarawak, on Oct 7 barely months after starting their ‘venture’.

“It is shocking but this shows the drug menace must be fought at all cost as our youth are resorting to this despicable activity,” he said, adding that the trio tested negative for drugs despite being small-time pushers.

Comm Mohd Mokhtar also cited another case in Kota Baru where the youngest drug offender was caught on Aug 20 last year.

“The 11-year-old boy was caught at the back of his house after some suspicious activity.

“He tested positive for methamphetamine. The investigations for both cases are currently ongoing,” he said.

Comm Mohd Mokhtar said stimulant drugs such as Ecstasy, Yaba pills, heroine and marijuana were “popular” among youths.

“These drugs are cheaper compared with high-end drugs such as syabu or ice.”

He called on every segment of the community to play their part in combating the drug menace.

“The best place to start spreading awareness of the dangers of drugs is at home. In this matter, the best school is home.

“We have to re-look the roles that family, peers, schools and NGOs can play in keeping drugs away from the masses, especially the young ones,” he said.

The war on drugs should be a shared responsibility, added Comm Mohd Mokhtar.

“The police are overworked, don’t always blame the police. All of us have a part to play,” he said. – The Star

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