From dark alley to drug chat: Spike in illicit drug transactions on messaging apps in Singapore

Illicit substances and medicine are now being peddled on messenger app Telegram. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: UNSPLASH
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SINGAPORE - When he was hooked on illicit drugs in 2012, Arif (not his real name) had to rely on contacts who would arrange to meet in person to pass him the drugs.

That changed in 2019 when Arif learnt he could buy methamphetamine, also known as Ice, from the Dark Web.

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