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Surprise as gardai 'find €1k drugs' in Kinder egg

NORMALLY they contain a child's toy, but a 15-year-old Dublin boy was found with €1,000 worth of cocaine and heroin concealed in his Kinder Surprise chocolate egg, a court has heard.

The boy, now aged 16, has been charged at the Children's Court with possessing cocaine and heroin, which were allegedly stashed inside the chocolate egg, for the purpose of sale or supply, when he was searched at a south Dublin flat complex, on December 12 last.

The teen also faces separate charges for possessing €3,500 worth of crack cocaine and heroin on February 24 last year.

Judge Heather Perrin yesterday asked to hear an outline of the allegations prior to deciding whether the case should be kept in the jurisdiction of the Children's Court or instead be sent forward to the Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers.

Garda Stephen Daly alleged that on December 12 last, he stopped the 15-year-old south Dublin boy to carry out a search under the Misuse of Drugs Act.



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"He dropped a Kinder egg which had €660 worth of diamorphine (heroin) and €350 worth of cocaine in it," Garda Daly said.

He also told the court that in February last year, the boy had been stopped and searched at Donore Street, D8.

"€3,300 worth of crack cocaine was found in his waistband along with €200 worth of diamorphine," Garda Daly alleged.

Judge Perrin accepted jurisdiction to keep the case in the Children's Court which can on conviction impose a maximum one-year term and a fine for an offence of possessing controlled drugs for unlawful sale or supply.

The teenager, who was accompanied to his case by his mother and sister, remained silent during the case which Judge Perrin adjourned for three weeks to allow him time to consider his plea.

The judge also made an order for disclosure of the prosecution's evidence to the defence in advance of the next appearance.

The tracksuit-clad boy was remanded on continuing bail.

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