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

Heroin (stock image)
Heroin (stock image)

A Dublin teenage boy was caught with more than €2,000 worth of heroin stashed in his boxer shorts, a court has heard.

The 17-year-old 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.

The youth, who cannot be named because he is a minor, will be sentenced at the Dublin Children's Court in May.

Det Garda Jason Weir, who is attached to Crumlin station, told Judge Marie Quirke that 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, detective garda Weir said.

The Director of Public Prosecutions had recommended that the boy should face trial in the circuit court, which has tougher sentencing powers.

Defence solicitor Daniel Hanahoe pleaded with Judge Quirke to accept jurisdiction otherwise, he argued, the boy would be an adult by the time he went before the circuit court.

He also asked the juvenile court to note that there was a six-month delay between the dates of arrest and being charged caused by waiting for the garda forensic laboratory's analysis results on the drugs. The defence solicitor said the teenager had no prior criminal convictions.

Noting that a guilty plea was being entered, Judge Quirke accepted jurisdiction.

She told the boy his crime "wreaks havoc on people's lives" before adjourning sentencing until a date in May when a probation report on him will be furnished to the court.

The teen, who was accompanied to court by his mother, was remanded on continuing bail with conditions banning him from the area where he was arrested and compelling him to obey a 10pm to 8am curfew at his home.