Goa’s boy drug peddlars on the rise

PANAJI (Goa): Drug pushers in Goa are using boys below 18 years to carry or deliver narcotics. If caught, the juveniles face a maximum sentence of three years.

Ashley Noronha, principal magistrate, Juvenile Justice Board, North Goa, says that over the last  year, a trend of lads from economically-backward or disturbed families being used by drug dealers has emerged.

During counselling sessions the lads revealed to the board that they were carriers or delivery boys. They also said that they were unaware that carrying the packages was a crime.

“The reason why children are being used is because if they are caught by the police they face a jail term of just three years,” Noronha said. The maximum jail term for an adult caught under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act is 20 years.

The boys being used as carriers—there’s no record of the exact number—are mainly  from the North Goa coastal belt,  the beach areas of Calangute, Anjuna, Morjim, Arambol etc which see a large volume of tourists. One case before the board was from Benaulim, part of South Goa’s coastline.

The lure for the youngsters was the opportunity to make a easy money to indulge a passion for gadgets and fashion accessories.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Goa, recently arrested a disc jockey (DJ) who allegedly used minor lads to push drugs. NCB seized narcotic substances worth over Rs 6 lakh from the DJ’s possession.

Noronha said that the drug dealers usually look out for  a vulnerable boy and make friends with  him, and in the course of time the dealer would build a rapport with him, through treats or gifts.

If the boy was considered trustworthy enough, the dealer use him to deliver a parcel to a person or destination. Sometimes boys could be offered anything between Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000 to deliver the goods.

For youngsters from poor families, the money is hard to resist, said Noronha.

 

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