Wednesday 17 January 2018

Tranquilliser tablets for sale on street for just €2 each, court told

Tom Tuite

TRANQUILLISER tablets are being sold on the street for as little as €2, a court has been told.

Dublin Children's Court heard that 78 diazepam tablets were found in a bag which was safety-pinned to the inside jacket pocket of a 17-year-old boy.

The teenager had been arrested last January on suspicion of being drunk in public and was later searched at west Dublin Garda station.

The bag of tablets in his pocket carried a prescription in the name of another person and had been issued by a drug treatment centre, with a warning not to exceed a dosage of one a day.

Judge Michael Walsh heard that the street value of the 78 tablets was €156.

The teenager claimed that before gardai came on the scene he had loaned the jacket to another male, whose name he could not remember, for about an hour. He got it back 15 minutes before gardai arrived and claimed he did not know the tablets were in his jacket until he was searched at Ballyfermot Garda station.

He denied being involved in the sale or supply of the drugs. Defence solicitor Gareth Noble said that the teenager's co-operation towards gardai on his arrest for being drunk in public was not consistent with a person engaged in drug dealing.

Judge Michael Walsh held that the prosecution had not proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and found the youth not guilty.

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