Drugs are not a game worth playing

It happened at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, between 2019 and 2020.

School classes were suspended, so I often went to play soccer. I met a new friend there. We frequently hung out, went drinking, shopping, and played soccer together.

One day, he asked if I could help him to check into a hotel. He said he had a fight with his parents and needed to stay out for a few days. I didn’t think too much of it so I helped him as he was under 18. After we checked into the hotel, he gave me a suitcase and asked me to take it up to the room and leave. I gave him the room key card and left afterward. What happened next, I only learned from watching the police’s CCTV evidence.

After I had left, my friend had gone up to the hotel room with another man who was carrying a big bag. There was another man in the room after my friend left, and that man was in and out of the hotel room quite a few times.

My friend and I went back the next morning and we walked into a very messy room. I didn’t dare to question or do anything, I had no clue what they were doing. I did not know drugs were involved. I only followed my friend until the time when we were about to extend our stay. I went back home to sleep afterward. Later on, I got a call from him again asking me to help with getting one more hotel room key card, so I went back to the hotel. My friend gave my identity card to the concierge. He then ran off after picking up a phone call and I got arrested on site.

I regret not reporting to the police, as I was worried that he would do something against me at the time. I understand it’s useless to regret now, I just want to go back home to my parents. The only thing I can do now is to warn young people not to trust people easily and be careful when someone tries to befriend you out of the blue.

Don’t use drugs to make money, it will hurt others, hurt yourself, and hurt your parents the most!

Note: This letter was translated from its original in Chinese.