Teenager found with more than €14,000 worth of cocaine in bedroom

A teenager who stashed over €14,000 worth of cocaine in his bedroom has had his sentencing adjourned for two weeks at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The youth, who cannot be named to protect his identity, was just fifteen when gardaí intercepted him during a drugs transaction on St Cuthbert’s Road, Clondalkin.

A subsequent search of his family home revealed cocaine with a street value of €14,270 hidden behind a television set in the teenager’s bedroom.

The now 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine for sale or supply at his home address on June 7, 2008.

Garda Kieran O’Neill agreed with Ms Karen O’Connor BL, prosecuting, that the teenager initially told gardaí in interview that he had found the cocaine in a nearby field.

He agreed that gardaí also found a “tick list” of people who owed money for drugs saved to the memory of the teenager’s mobile phone.

Gda O’Neill told Ms Gerardine Small BL, defending, that he accepted it was possible the teenager had become involved in drugs after accruing a €600 debt having “dabbled” in cocaine use.

He agreed that gardaí did not accept that the teenager found the stash of cocaine in a field and that the youth subsequently made an early plea of guilty.

Judge Frank O’Donnell adjourned sentencing until Thursday, July 22, and remanding the youth on continuing bail.


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