Parents find drugs at Squamish Elementary School playground

Suspected methamphetamine turned in to RCMP

It wasn't what Squamish mom Coral Chalmers expected to find on a routine Saturday afternoon visit with her toddler to the playground at Squamish Elementary  — bags of meth.

When they arrived at the school grounds, Chalmers and her child's father saw something suspicious on a bench near where their two-year-old son was playing.

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"We noticed... it looked like a little black pouch or purse thing and walking close to it... there's a bunch of baggies full of weird looking stuff," Chalmers recalled, adding the pouch was open and the contents were spilling out.

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Concerned it might be something dangerous to kids, the parents took the items to the Squamish RCMP detachment.

Squamish RCMP confirmed to The Chief that three baggies of suspected methamphetamine were turned into them on Saturday, June 29.

Police officers went to the area where the drugs were reportedly found and no further suspected drugs or paraphernalia was located, Const. Ashley MacKay told The Chief in a statement on July 5.

Chalmers said she won't be taking her son to that playground again.

"I find it quite upsetting," she said. "To me, this is ridiculous. It is kind of scary."

This isn't the first time parents have found drugs in the area.

In March, at the crosswalk near the school, a Squamish mom found and turned in to police bags that were later found to contain fentanyl.

"Squamish RCMP is working alongside the District of Squamish, School District 48, and Squamish Bylaw in order to provide a safer school environment for those attending the area with their children," MacKay said.

"Police would like to remind the general public of safe handling procedures of unknown substances, which includes notifying police immediately. If anyone sees any suspicious activity in that area, please contact police."

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