JA Nel schoolboys in drug bust

16 Mar 2017 21:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 16 MAR (NAMPA) – The police in Keetmanshoop on Thursday arrested three learners at the JA Nel Secondary School after allegedly seizing around 50 grams of cannabis from them.
One of the boys, a 19-year-old, was later released due to a lack of evidence, while the other two, both aged 17, were charged with drug smuggling and possession of drugs respectively.
The suspects, who are in Grade 9 and 10, cannot be named as they are minors.
The two were released into the care of their guardians following a brief appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court Thursday afternoon.
They are expected to appear again at a later date.
The illicit drug was allegedly retrieved from the pockets and schoolbags of the boys.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s //Kharas Regional Commander, Commissioner Rudolf Isaak said the cannabis was found during a mass inspection on learners after a tip-off to police.
He said they received information that boys were dealing in drugs at the school.
“We dispatched a team, locked down the school and found the cannabis,” he said.
Police also confiscated a number of dangerous weapons from the suspects and other learners at the school.
Seven pocket knives, a pistol top cover and several broken mirror pieces were found.
Broken bottle-necks used in the consumption of cannabis were also impounded.
Isaak said that violence and drug-dealing were serious offences to occur on school grounds and called on parents and guardians to discipline their children.
“Parents should not forget their parental responsibility to reprimand their children; they cannot leave it in the hands of teachers,” he said.
He also warned learners of that school and others that the police would leave no stone unturned to rid the region of drugs and crime.
More police operations at schools and in communities would follow, Isaak promised.
“The community expects from us to protect their lives and property and we will spare no effort to deal with offenders properly through the processes of the law,” he said.
Drug-dealing and violent crime is nothing new at JA Nel, a resident near the school remarked to Nampa.
“Teachers are scared of the children. The children swear at them and bring weapons with which they threaten teachers or scratch their cars,” the resident said.
On the same day as the drug raid, police were called back to the school to break up a violent fight between two learners.
//Kharas Region Director of Education /Awebahe //Hoeseb said the directorate would pronounce itself after a thorough investigation.