Pupils’ attempt to purchase drugs thwarted from page 1

2015-05-21 06:00
Rusa officials with the alleged drug dealer.

Rusa officials with the alleged drug dealer. Photo: supplied

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“When confronted again the pupil admitted he had collected the money from several children at the school to purchase drugs from the female who had previously supplied them with drugs.”

Paramedics also attended to an 18-year-pupil who was suspected to have overdosed on the drug. She was rushed to hospital after she lost consciousness several times.

Balram said the female was a known drug dealer who also sold DVDs on the main street of Verulam.

“Reaction officers then searched her car and found dagga in the vehicle.

“At that stage we contacted Captain Rajan Munsamy of the Umhlali Dog Unit requesting for a narcotics dog to search the car.”

The area was then cordoned off and a dog handler and a sniffer dog searched the car and small particles of dagga and empty drug wrappings were found said Balram.

“The female was arrested and detained at SAPS Verulam for the night. She was then taken to court the next morning. I was contacted by the suspect’s attorney the following day who informed that all charges against her were dropped.”

Rusa posted on its Facebook page last week that there was insufficient evidence in the case.

“The suspect was detained at the Verulam SAPS and has appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court a short while ago and according to her attorney the matter has been struck off the roll due to insufficient evidence.”

This comment was posted on 14 May.

Balram said that drug dealers were using females and children to sell drugs in Verulam and surrounding areas because law enforcement and the public were less suspicious of women and children.

“Drugs are a huge contributor to the rising crime in the area and corruption is the reason that drug dealers operated for decades without being arrested, even once,” said Balram.

The Weekly contacted provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker who could not confirm a record of the incident.

“Kindly be informed that the Verulam SAPS bears no knowledge of the arrest. Please provide us with the case number so we can assist.”

Verulam Civic Association chairperson Vish Roopnarain expressed his disappointment at the lack of an arrest.

“Drugs have become a huge issue in our community and it is sad that no one has been held responsible in this matter. It is a contributing factor to a lot of crime and we need to come together and curb it.”

Attempts by the Weekly to get hold of the school’s management staff were unsuccessful

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