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Teen threw cocaine into bushes

A TEENAGER was seen by a garda throwing a stash of nearly €1,400 worth of crack cocaine into bushes.

Michael Bailey (18) avoided prison after he was described in court as a "pawn" for another person and "not a major player".

He was told to carry out 150 hours' community service instead of a five-month sentence.

Bailey, with addresses including Foxdene Drive, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs with intent to sell or supply.

The incident happened at Shancastle Crescent, Clondalkin, on May 6, 2010 when a garda on mobile patrol saw Bailey run and throw the package into bushes.

It contained a half-ounce of crack cocaine.

He also pleaded guilty to another dealing charge involving €50 worth of drugs, as well as separate public order charges.

Bailey had entered his pleas previously at Blanchardstown District Court and the case was adjourned pending the outcome of a charge of aggravated burglary that had come before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

He was given a three-year suspended sentence for that offence.

When Bailey was brought back before the District Court, his solicitor Simon Fleming said the accused had been a juvenile at the time of all offences except the public order charges.

Mr Fleming asked Judge Anthony Halpin to impose a "community sanction" given that Bailey was now liaising with the Probation Service. Mr Fleming said a drug squad garda had accepted Bailey was "a pawn for another person".