Chronic drug peddler held

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, July 21: Police today said that it arrested a drug peddler in Old City here who later helped in identifying and shifting drug affected persons to drug de-addiction centre.
A police spokesman said that police apprehended Zuhaib Hussain Bhat on July 9. “Six boxes of prescription drugs were recovered on his instance. In this regard, a case under FIR number 59/ 2017 under section 8/21 NDPS Act was registered and further investigation was taken up,” he said.
The spokesman said that during the course of investigation the accused revealed that he had been selling the drug to people especially youth at exorbitant rates as high as Rs. 500 a strip having MRP of Rs 42.
“Subsequently 23 persons who had been buying drugs from the accused were identified. Most of them were called to police station for questioning. Their urine screening revealed that they had been using drugs after which the parents of these youths were sensitized about the issue,” he said.
The police spokesman said that these affected youths were then shifted to drug de-addiction centre where they are being treated. “The accused Zuhaib was also tested positive for the drug abuse and is however being treated in the custody,” he said, adding that more people are expected to be arrested for appropriate action/ treatment.

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