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Dublin teen caught with over €2k of heroin stashed in boxers

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A DUBLIN teenage boy, who was caught with more than €2,000 worth of heroin stashed in his boxer shorts, has avoided a custodial sentence.

The 17-year-old had pleaded guilty to possessing heroin for the purpose of sale or supply following his arrest on a date last August in an area in south Dublin described in court as being known for drug dealing.

Judge John O’Connor was furnished with a positive pre-sentence probation report at the Dublin Children's Court. He imposed a 12-month probation bond.

This means the teen must not re-offend and continue to follow the recommendations of the Probation Service to divert him for crime otherwise the case could be reactivated and a custodial sentence handed down instead.

Det Garda Jason Weir, who is attached to Crumlin station, had told the court the boy and another male began walking away when gardai spotted them. They appeared to be “fidgeting with their clothes, particularly their tracksuit bottoms”.

The teenager was taken to Crumlin Garda station and his mother was contacted. When she arrived, he was searched and a small clear plastic bag was found sticking out of his boxer shorts. It contained nine deal bags which were found to contain heroin valued at €2,446, Det Garda Weir said.

The teenager had no prior criminal convictions.