Boy hid €40,000 of drugs in schoolbag
A 14-YEAR-OLD boy had to store almost €40,000 worth of cannabis, which was found in his school bag, to pay off a debt, a court heard yesterday.
The boy, now aged 15, pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to possessing the cannabis, with intent to supply to another, at his home address on a date in June.
Garda Michael Noone told Judge Ann Ryan that during a search of the teenager's bedroom, "a school bag containing cannabis resin with a street value of €39,500 was found".
The boy was not present for the seizure but later turned up at his local garda station with members of his family "and he stated that the drugs were his".
Garda Noone agreed with defence solicitor Gareth Noble that the boy had no previous convictions, that he had never been before the courts until this drug seizure and that the boy did not make a profit from his involvement.
Mr Noble said the teenager "was engaged in this activity to cover a particular debt he had".
"They had told him to hold on to this package to take care of the debt," he said.