Date rape drug found in Verulam continued on page 3

2015-05-21 06:00
Rusa officials with the woman who was accused of selling the date rape drugs.
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Rusa officials with the woman who was accused of selling the date rape drugs. Photo: supplied

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PUPILS’ attempts to purchase drugs outside a Verulam school this week were thwarted, but the incident has sparked concern among residents.

Several pupils from Verulam Secondary­ were attempting to purchase date-rape drug, Rophypnol­.

The discovery came while the school was holding its annual sports day on Wednesday.

An alleged suspected female drug dealer was arrested by the private security company­ Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) and Metro Police.

Discussing the incident, Rusa head Prem Balram said he received a call on the day from his officers who were patrolling the area near the school.

Balram said on the day a female­ in a white Toyota Cressida was spotted “behaving in a suspicious manner”.

“When approached by a Metro Police­ officer, the female threw a lunch box into the open window of a parked tow truck.

“The Metro officer then chased the female and managed to apprehend her,” said Balram.

He said the lunch box had popped open inside the tow truck and a bubble­-wrapped card containing 10 Rophypnol tablets fell out.

“Reaction officers then confronted a Grade 12 pupil who was seen talking to the woman and found R500 in cash in his possession.

“The pupil initially said the money was collected from several pupils to pay for pizzas they had ordered from a local pizza outlet and he was standing at the fence to pay on delivery,” he added.

Authorities on scene thereafter contacted the pizza outlet that claimed that it had not received any order for pupils from the school, Balram said

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