SINGAPORE — A 20-year-old man who sold the hallucinogenic drug LSD to his schoolmates at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) was on Tuesday (17 November) sentenced to a reformative training stint.
Saahil Mahesh Thadani had earlier pleaded guilty at the State Courts to two charges of drug trafficking.
Reformative training is a rehabilitative sentencing option for young offenders below 21 who commit relatively serious crimes.
Those sent to the Reformative Training Centre undergo a strict regime behind bars for between 18 months and three years. They will not have contact with adult inmates.
Bought LSD online
On 22 June last year, Saahil gave 18-year-old Ally Tan Ya Teng LSD while in school. They had gotten to know each other via drama club sessions at NYP and he found out that she wanted to try the drug, which is colloquially known as “acid”.
Tan passed Saahil a token sum of $1. Shortly after, the school found out about the incident.
NYP’s Student Development Office interviewed Saahil two days later and he was arrested shortly after.
Investigations revealed that Saahil bought LSD on at least two occasions via an online platform for $500. He received the drugs, which came in the form of stamps and tabs, in April and May last year and paid for them using Bitcoin.
Saahil wanted to sell half of the drugs he bought and consume the rest.
On another occasion in June last year, he sold LSD to 19-year-old student Tahsh D Khemlani at NYP for $40. That same month, he also gave some LSD to an 18-year-old student who wanted to try the drug.
Saahil also admitted to selling LSD to a man known to him as “Ash” for $250.
The punishment for trafficking in a Class A controlled drug is between five and 20 years’ jail along with mandatory caning of between five and 15 strokes.
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