Thimphu police made 84 arrests in June in connection with illicit trafficking of drugs and substance abuse.
Of the total, 57 cases were forwarded to Bhutan Narcotic Control Authority (BNCA) for counseling while 28 were held for Illicit trafficking of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS).
Of the 57 cases forwarded to BNCA, majority were youth consisting of the unemployed, students including six women. The age range was between 14 to 37 years.
From the arrested police have seized around 1500 capsules of SP, 130 tablets of N10, 23 grams of Puriya (dry marijuana), 5 grams of Hashish, 8 litres of Thinner and 1.5 ml of Dendrite.
Police said the majority of youth were arrested for abusing solvent drugs like thinner and dendrite they did not get access to other drugs such as SP and N10.
“Most of the youths below 18 year claim that they asked others to buy them the thinner from shops some got it from construction sites,” police said. “We never know if the workers in the construction site are giving youths the thinner whenever asked or if the proprietor are negligent or if the youths steal the thinner from the site.”
Meanwhile, police also said that youths generally use thinner, followed by SP, than marijuana and N10. Overall, the maximum used substance is SP followed by thinner and marijuana.