Telegram chat groups become online marketplace for illegal drugs in Singapore

A drug seller explaining the process (left) on a Telegram chat group and a positive "review" left by a user.
A drug seller explaining the process (left) on a Telegram chat group and a positive "review" left by a user.PHOTOS: SCREENGRABS FROM TELEGRAM

SINGAPORE - With a few taps on a smartphone and the right search terms, the Telegram messaging app becomes an online marketplace for illegal drugs, unauthorised prescription medicine and drug paraphernalia.

Checks by The Straits Times on 20 Telegram chat groups selling drugs and drug paraphernalia found that most had about 300 to 500 members while a few had more than 700 subscribers.

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