By SHEILA SRI PRIYA
Photos by VINCENT TAN
A STRONG smell of glue permeating from Block B of the PPR Kota Damansara flats was enough to raise suspicion of illegal activities taking place in the area.
Two teenagers were found sniffing glue by a bush near the flats, oblivious to their surroundings.
They were inhaling glue out of a can, similar to liquid adhesives used by cobblers to mend the soles of shoes.
A resident, who wanted to remain anonymous, said drug users had also occupied some of the empty units on the upper levels of the building, particularly in Block A and B.
He added that addicts had turned these empty units into drug dens.
“They get high during the day through intravenous drug use and nobody dares approach them,” he said.
A check by StarMetro revealed that three of 10 vacant units were thriving drug dens.
Drug-related paraphernalia were discarded on the floors of the empty units.
Discarded needles and syringes, pieces of bloodied tissue, candle wax and burnt marks on the walls were tell-tale signs of drug-related activities.
The conditions at the units were deplorable with uncollected rubbish.
At one particular area outside the flats, motorcycles were stripped off their parts, leaving behind the frames.
It was hardly a conducive environment to live in.
PPR Kota Damansara chairman Johari Nander said the glue sniffers were mostly children residing in the flats.
He added that some residents had advised them to stop but to no avail.
Johari said the hardcore junkies would mostly visit the drug dens during the day.
“Although we work closely with the enforcement agencies, these drug users will return.
“The junkies are usually here between 10am and 6pm when most of the residents are at work,” he added.
Johari explained that most of the residents were living in fear and afraid to report the addicts, some of whom reside at the flats.
“The residents are scared the junkies will retaliate in some way.
“A few residents had their cars and homes vandalised after the drug users suspected them of speaking to the authorities,” he said.
Another resident, who declined to be named, said drug pushers were making good money here.
“We have seen them making deals in our compound but we dare not confront them as they may become violent.
“We hope that the police will take action before our children become prey to the drug addicts and their pushers,” she said.