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Do you want to know if they will give him a caution?
What was he doing with the cash?
Did he get the drugs from another friend, give them to this group and was going to take the cash and give it to the dealer?
Will he get a caution or, is it true that occassionally, in a case like this there will be NFA?
The cash was from a few friends who had asked him to get some cannabis for them as they did not know where to get it. He had it with him so he could pay the dealer (not the person who he was with who had the cannabis - someone else). The cash was for an unrelated issue and he has been totally honest with the police about this but they don't believe him. He has never done this before and knows he has totally messed up.
How much cash did he have? So he was going to pay the dealer with this cash?
He had £80 that he got from his friends to pay the dealer for the cannabis he got for them. None of this is related to why he was arrested. This is how he had money on him. He was just with the other young person who had the cannabis when they were arrested.
No, my son had no drugs on him at all and the police found no drugs (or anything relating to drugs) in my home either. He had got the drugs for his friend days before and has admitted this to the police.
Yes I understand he had no drugs on him.
Did he give the drugs to his friends? Were those the drugs the Police found?
He gave the drugs to his friends 3 days ago and the money he had was to pay for them for his friends. The drugs the police found belonged to the other young person who was with my son. My son has admitted he had got cannabis for 4 of his friends to the police and explained this is why he had money on him. The drugs the police found on the other young person had nothing at all to do with my son; he was just with this other young person when he was caught with those drugs.
And the money was to be paid to the dealer at a later date, is that right?
Did he admit getting drugs and giving them to his friends?
Yes and yes. Neither of these things were why he was arrested.
Yes I understand that
Its bad news then I am afraid.
You can be arrested for any criminal offence reason, ie possession or suspicion of and any later charges can flow, they do not even need to be the same.
If he bought drugs, gave them to someone else, this is supply.
The fact he admitted it harms his defence significantly.
All the prosecution have to show is that he purchased drugs, he was in possession of those drugs at some point and he gave them to someone else
He does not even need to sell them to someone else
But he did and he had the cash on him to pay the dealer
He has admitted this to the Police
This is enough to secure a conviction
He purchased drugs for someone else, sold them on and was going to pay the dealer
This is an offence
This is supply of drugs.
Therefore sadly this is an offence and given he admitted it in interview he is likely to be convicted.
If he pleads guilty if he is under 18 and it is first offence, he could get a referral order
The Court must either give a referral order or a dentention and training order (custody)
But he has to plead guilty to get that.
I am sorry if this is not the answer you are after and certainly not the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?