Several drug users identified among new conscripts

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Officers of the South prefecture of the Estonian police decided at the beginning of July to check new conscripts and found among them several who had used narcotics.

The police conducted the drug checks from July 1-3 among the conscripts who started military service at the Kuperjanov Battalion based in the southeastern town of Voru. Eight of the 367 conscripts checked by drug-sniffing dogs were sent to a hospital to be tested for drug use, a spokeswoman for the South prefecture said.

All the eight tested positive for cannabis.

Police have run checks on new conscripts also in previous years and always detected some who arrive in their unit under the influence of narcotics. Last year, for instance, likewise eight conscripts of the Kuperjanov Battalion were found to have used drugs.

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