Processing drugs is no longer an activity that only drug lords are capable of as anyone could search for a drug 'recipe'. -NST
MALAYSIA - Internet services and search engines have certainly made life easier for many of us. At the click of a mouse and, of course, with an Internet service provider, we can learn, read or even see images that we may never have dreamt about.
Since the advent of the Internet, there have been many discussions and debates on the pros and cons of multimedia. But there is no way we can deny that it has generally changed our lives for the better.
Recently, the Johor Baru (south) Narcotic Division raided premises in Johor Baru.
The officers had been tipped-off that a man had turned his house into a mini laboratory to process illegal substances.
I was told that, of late, even hardcore drug addicts, who previously earned a living as jaga kereta boys, are now manufacturing their own brand of drugs.
Processing drugs is no longer an activity that only drug lords are capable of.
Nowadays, any Tom, Dick or Harry can get a recipe to process illegal drugs, such as Ecstasy, just by typing a "how to..." query on a search engine.
As it was in this particular case. It is learnt that the 35-year-old suspect, who is also a drug addict, said he just typed "how to make Ecstasy" on a search engine, and then followed the step-by-step instructions given.
The best part was that he only purchased the minimum equipment needed, such as a stove, microwave, a pan and other drug-related paraphernalia, to turn his house into a mini laboratory.
He made his own blend of drugs at minimal cost, sold it to hardcore addicts and made a huge profit.
I typed "Ecstasy recipes" on a well-known search engine and what popped up read, "How to make Ecstasy, recipes for manufacture of Ecstasy on the Net. This is the best place to start..."
Another website explained that Ecstasy is methylenedioxymethamphetamine. It belongs to a household group of drugs called "entactogens", which is a "climate elevator" that produces a relaxed, elated state. It does not lead to hallucinations.
The site also included testimonials from those who had tried the particular method, with replies such as: "Users describe that the experience is really enjoyable and extremely manageable" and "Ecstasy is not physically addictive".
If I did not know any better, I would think that Ecstasy was not that bad, after all.
A police contact told me that mini laboratories were mushrooming in Johor Baru. He attributed this to the fact that knowledge is more accessible nowadays.
The worrying factor about this trend is that some individuals, who use the Internet as the online guide to manufacture their own drugs, could create a deadly pill.
Methamphetamine is not an easy compound to produce at home or with materials you can assemble outside a lab as it requires knowledge of organic chemistry.
One who attempts to cook up a portion of homemade drug invites the risk that he or she might kill someone with their amateur efforts, besides the fact that making and selling the drug are illegal.
By Jassmine Shadiqe
Wed, Aug 11, 2010