Monday 18 December 2017

Teen had €6,000 worth of drugs in his home then tried to evade gardai

Tom Tuite

A DUBLIN youth who had €6,000 worth of drugs in his home is to be sentenced in June.

Garry Cassin (19) pleaded guilty today to possessing cannabis and cocaine for the purpose of sale or supply at his home, at Myra Close, Inchicore, Dublin, on March 15, 2011.

He was aged 17, a juvenile, at the time of the drug seizure but later evaded gardai when they wanted to charge him; Judge Ann Ryan also noted that this explained the delay in bringing the case.

Garda Colleen Gallagher told the Dublin Children's Court yesterday (MON) that she obtained a warrant and searched the youth's home where there was “drugs to the value of €6,000”.

The drug seizure comprised of €5,000 worth of cannabis and a quantity of cocaine worth €1,000 and weighing scales were also found, the court heard. In April last year, he was arrested and a file was sent to the DPP.

When a decision was made that he should be charged there were problems in locating the youth despite several messages being left at his home. “His mother refused to pass on messages that I called,” said Gda Gallagher.

The court heard that the youth had no prior criminal convictions or other charges pending.

Defence counsel Aoife McNickle said the 19-year-old had a cannabis problem but had done a FAS course and is trying to get a further training placement.

Judge Ryan remanded him on bail pending sentencing in June to allow time for a probation report on him to be prepared.

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