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Teen detained after Irish police seize $150,000 in illegal cannabis

Nov 10, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Although selling CBD products is allowed, both possession and cultivation of cannabis is illegal in Ireland

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A male still in his teens was arrested after a joint police/revenue operation targeting an organized crime group found just shy of $150,000 worth of cannabis.

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The find occurred on Nov. 9 as part of an ongoing investigation targeting persons suspected of being involved in an organized crime group operating in Dublin’s Santry area, notes a statement from Garda Síochána, the Republic of Ireland’s National Police and Security Service.

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Inside a premises in the area, personnel attached to the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, the Ballymun and Coolock District Drug Units and the Revenue Customs Service found approximately 5.5 kilograms of illegal cannabis with an estimated street value of €110,000 ($149,600).

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Although selling CBD products is allowed, both possession and cultivation of cannabis is illegal in Ireland, according to Cannigma. Garda adds importing, exporting, producing and supplying to the off-limits list, “except in accordance with a Ministerial Licence.”

Sensi Seeds reports that selling any controlled drug is punishable by a fine and as long as a year in jail. “For larger quantities, penalties can be as severe as life imprisonment, and the minimum sentence for selling cannabis is currently 10 years if the market value is €13,000 ($17,680) or higher,” the information adds.

The police report the teen arrested in connection with the seizure was being detained while the investigation continues.

Under Section 2 of The Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996, a person can be detained if police have “reasonable grounds for believing that his or her detention is necessary for the proper investigation of the offence.” Without a warrant, a person can be detained for 48 hours and, if a warrant is obtained, can be kept for “a further period not exceeding 72 hours.”

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The police did not note the specific age of the detained individual, but the Irish incident is certainly not the first time teens have landed in hot water over drug operations.

Just last month in the U.K., three teens ranging in age from 14 to 18 were busted after West Midlands Police raided two properties and found $22,950 worth of suspected crack cocaine and $1,530 in cannabis. The trio was arrested on suspicion of possessing and supplying drugs.

In July of this year, an Irish teenager was handed a six-month sentence, suspended for two years, after he getting caught holding about $4,000 worth of cannabis inside a home. The court heard the teen was reportedly not a cannabis consumer but was holding the bud as there were “certain debts owed.”

And this past March, an 18-year-old student in Louisiana was caught with just shy of 525 grams of cannabis inside a vehicle parked at the school. The teen was later charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of a drug-free zone.

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