Youth booked for purchasing, selling psychotropic drugs using fake prescriptions

Accused arrested by Excise Enforcement and Anti-Narcotics Special Squad

Thiruvananthapuram: The Excise Enforcement and Anti-Narcotics Special Squad nabbed five youth for possessing psychotropic drugs and other medications. The investigating officials informed that the accused Athul S Kumar (19) and Aneesh (25) used to sell drugs near Karakkamandapam here. The other accused are Kulaparakkonam native Aravind (24), Edavacode native Jith GS (26) and Rafa T Prathap from Muttada.

The special squad seized 42 pills, 0.23 grams of MDMA and cannabis during a vehicle inspection at Muttada- Chathiyode road.

The accused prepared prescriptions themselves with fake seal marks after obtaining OP tickets from the Peroorkada district hospital. They bought pills from medical stores using these fake prescriptions and sold them to others. The squad recovered OP tickets and a fake seal from the suspects.

The operations of the gang are led by Rafa, who is the only woman in the team. Earlier, she had pursued a nursing course but dropped out of it. It was Rafa who wrote the prescriptions for others to purchase. The officials revealed that a POCSO case already exists in the name of the accused Aravind and Athul has been booked for vehicle theft.

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