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Friday 21 September 2018

Youth hid jail drugs inside two Kinder eggs

A DUBLIN youth who tried to smuggle drugs hidden inside Kinder eggs into Mountjoy Prison when he was visiting family members has been given a last chance to avoid a prison sentence.

The 17-year-old kept the chocolate eggs, which contained cannabis and tablets, between his buttock cheeks but was detected during a random search.

Yesterday, at the Dublin Children's Court, Judge John O'Connor heard that the latest pre-sentence probation report on the boy was negative.

The teenager had not gone to drug abuse treatment and there had been problems over his attendance with his probation officer.

Judge O'Connor adjourned the case for three weeks and warned the youth that if the next report is not positive a sentence would be imposed.

Defence solicitor Aoife McNickle said that the youth, who is also trying to get into an educational course, previously had a poor history of engagement with the Probation Service but his attitude has changed.

He has pleaded guilty to a charge for conveying drugs into a prison in connection with the seizure on October 31 last year.

Garda Sheryl Wolfe told Judge O'Connor that she had been called to jail and told by prison officers that drugs had been found on the youth.

The juvenile court heard that the teenager "had a package between the cheeks of his buttocks" and when searched he removed it willingly.

CELLOPHANE THE PACKAGE WAS WRAPPED IN CELLOPHANE AND CONTAINED TWO KINDER EGGS; 229 CONTRABAND TABLETS WERE FOUND INSIDE ONE OF THEM WHILE THE OTHER CONTAINED A QUANTITY OF CANNABIS.

She told the court that the cannabis was worth €113 and the tablets had a street value of €458.

Gda Wolfe agreed that the boy, who was accompanied to his hearing by his mother, was co-operative on arrest.

The teenager also faces another charge, to which he has pleaded guilty, for assaulting a staff member at a juvenile detention centre, in January last year.

The boy has 13 prior criminal convictions mostly for robberies as well as others for criminal damage, theft and possessing a flick-knife.

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