Drug pushers are recruiting students to sell drugs, Saint Lucia police have disclosed.
“Based on our findings, we believe so,” Officer Ted King of the Community Relations Branch (CRB) of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), told the Times.
The CRB recently displayed a quantity of drugs, weapons and other items confiscated from students in 2015 and 2016.
The drugs that were displayed were portions of crack and marijuana.
King told the Times that some of the students from whom the drugs have been confiscated have admitted to being used by drug pushers to sell the substances.
“Based on what we find in their possession – you would find some with a number of five-bag portions and a number of ten-bag portions. Even when the monies are found in pouches, it is always single fives – a whole lot of single fives or a while lot of single ten dollar bills – that’s a sign that they are selling it in the school,” King said.
He disclosed that the information is passed on to the police Drug Unit for follow up.
According to the CRB official, there are a number of reasons why students are easy target for drug pushers and are also open to using drugs.
He said youngsters sell drugs in school to fit in.
King explained that they want to get money to buy electronic gadgets and name brand items, including clothing and shoes.
He told the Times some students exchange drugs for items of value.
King recalled two instances in which drugs were exchanged for the rental of government laptop computers.
He revealed that some students use drugs because of peer pressure.
“If you have four individuals who are friends and out of the four three are using drugs, peer pressure can induce the one who is not using drugs to do so,” the police official observed.
He also said some youngsters start using drugs because they are curious.