Dublin teen getting ready for Debs arrested with five wraps of cocaine

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A DUBLIN youth was arrested while getting ready for his debs ball when he was stopped carrying his suit and five deals of cocaine, a court has heard.

The 18-year-old youth was found guilty at the Dublin Children's Court of possessing cocaine and having it for the purpose of sale or supply on date in September last year.

Garda Niall Godfrey told Judge John O'Connor he saw the then 17-year-old boy at Vicar Street. He was carrying his suit at the time and he saw him place a bag containing a white substance in his pocket.

He stopped the boy, who was then arrested. The bag contained five small wrapped bags of cocaine worth about €180.

The teenager admitted he had a cocaine addiction at the time but denied that he was a dealer. 

The youth, who was accompanied to court by his mother and his solicitor, had contested the case on the grounds that he was not dealing or selling the cocaine but he was going to share it with a friend.

Finding him guilty, Judge John O'Connor said that was no defence and the charge for sale or supplying drugs includes giving without receiving payment.

The court heard the youth is in full-time work which will result in him getting an apprenticeship, and he had no prior criminal convictions.

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence probation report to be furnished to the court in September.