In a joint operation with the Grassy Park police, the community police forum (CPF) and neighbourhood watches arrested the caretaker of a Grassy Park high school after they found Stilpane and dagga hidden in his backyard, in Perth Road, in Grassy Park, on Saturday February 15.
Melvin Jonkers, chairperson of the CPF, said in a media statement: “Alarm bells started ringing as the scourge of the drug called Lean, formed by mixing the Stilpane with a fizzy drink, is causing havoc among teenagers in the community.”
Southern Mail called the principal of Grassy Park High School for comment but we were referred to the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) Bronagh Hammond, WCED director of communications, said a support staff member of Grassy Park High was arrested and that there were “allegations of illegal substances being held on his property”.
However, she said, “The school management is unaware of any evidence or reports that the caretaker was distributing substances at the school. Teaching and learning is continuing as normal.”
Captain Wynita Kleinsmith, spokesperson for Grassy Park police, confirmed that the caretaker had been arrested.
“The police had numerous complaints from a social worker about the problem of pharmaceutical products and dagga at the school. We searched the school twice last year but only found empty containers of Lean, cough mixtures and tablets.
“The police received information a while ago that the care-
taker was involved with distributing these products and also involved in receiving stolen goods. We could not prove the fact at any stage as information was not precise,” said Captain Kleinsmith.
She said on Saturday February 15, they received information that the drugs and pharmaceutical products were on the property. “We proceeded to the premises and while searching the informer contacted us and gave us specifics of where the drugs and medicine was. In a home-made drain built with cement and concrete covered with a metal sheet and a metal drum on top of it we found this sealed box of Stilpane and one unit of dagga with a bag of plastic bags.”
The man was arrested for being in possession of pharmaceutical products with the intent to sell. He appeared in Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Monday February 17.
Captain Kleinsmith said the case was postponed but at the time of print she could not confirm the court