PETALING JAYA: Drug syndicates have started to use minors to peddle their illegal substances, according to the police, The Star reported today.
This was revealed following the arrest of a 12-year-old boy, who was caught selling drugs in Kunak.
The police chief in the Sabah town, Supt Mohd Nasaruddin Nasir said using minors to peddle drugs appeared to be a new modus operandi.
Police found the boy selling syabu to drug addicts at his house, while he was home alone, according to The Star.
The boy had six packets of the substance weighing about 0.7g. Police also confiscated about RM60 from him, and believe he started peddling drugs about a year ago.
Meanwhile, state welfare officials assisted police in investigating the background of the 12-year-old.
Following investigations, it was found that he was from a broken family whose father had migrated elsewhere. They said that as a result, his mother was left to fend for all her five children. His parents divorced two years ago.
“The boy, who sat for the UPSR examination last year, is the second child in his family.
“She has remarried but the man is unemployed,” Sabah’s community development and consumer affairs minister Jainab Ahmad Ayid told The Star, adding that social workers were now providing counselling to the boy.
He also said that the mother managed to provide for the family through odd jobs.
According to police, a 16-year-old boy was also caught selling drugs earlier last month.