Dagga muf­fin cops’ vow re­ally takes the cake

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - NON­DU­MISO MBUYAZI

THE NINE Dur­ban of­fi­cers rushed to hos­pi­tal af­ter eat­ing muffins al­legedly laced with dagga given to them by a fe­male col­league have vowed never to eat muffins again.

Re­port­edly none of the of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing the shift com­man­der knew that the muffins might con­tain the drug.

The fe­male of­fi­cer who brought the home- made muffins and a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken for her birth­day cel­e­bra­tion could face charges of pos­ses­sion of drugs and as­sault if the tox­i­col­ogy tests in­di­cate that the muffins con­tained the il­le­gal sub­stance.

“If we find that the food con­tained dagga, and that it was done so in­ten­tion­ally, then the in­di­vid­ual who sup­plied the food will be charged,” said po­lice spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker.

It was re­ported this week that the of­fi­cers, who were work­ing the night shift on July 4 at the Mont­clair po­lice sta­tion, be­gan hal­lu­ci­nat­ing. Oth­ers ex­pe­ri­enced symp- toms of para­noia af­ter con­sum­ing the “space muffins”.

The fe­male of­fi­cer who sup­plied the food, in­clud­ing the chicken, was also af­fected.

Only one of­fi­cer did not eat the muffins, and was able to alert the sta­tion’s man­age­ment.

Paramedics were called to the scene and the of­fi­cers were sub­se­quently rushed to hos­pi­tal.

Of­fi­cers from sur­round­ing sta­tions had to be called in to staff the sta­tion while crime preven­tion of­fi­cers on duty in the area took over the van du­ties.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened in the same week that the Mont­clair Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Fo­rum launched a drug aware­ness cam­paign at the sta­tion.

Naicker said the of­fi­cers, who re­turned to work af­ter be­ing dis­charged from Entabeni and St Au­gus­tine’s hos­pi­tals, were fine.

“We’re tak­ing the mat­ter very se­ri­ously, but we can’t act un­til the lab­o­ra­tory re­sults are back.”

An of­fi­cer at the sta­tion, who asked not to be named, said that af­ter the “em­bar­rass­ing but funny” in­ci­dent, the of­fi­cers had vowed to never again touch muffins.

“Ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially the dayshift guys have been teas­ing the guys,” the of­fi­cer said.

Jules Sto­bbs, from Dagga Cou­ple, which ad­vo­cates the de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of dagga in South Africa, con­demned the in­ci­dent, say­ing it was danger­ous as the of­fi­cers were un­aware that the muffins con­tained dagga.

“Dagga is rel­a­tively harm­less, but has to be used re­spon­si­bly.”

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