An Ulladulla teenager allegedly caught with a kilogram of cocaine and more than a kilo of methylamphetmine has avoided time behind bars.
Instead, the now 18-year-old has been placed on a 18-month suspended jail sentence.
The then 17-year-old was one of three men arrested on August 9 last year as part of an ongoing police investigation into the supply of illicit drugs on the South Coast.
Strike Force Dashi was established in February 2018 by South Coast Police District to investigate the supply of illicit drugs in the Ulladulla area.
Detectives, with assistance from Wollongong and Lake Illawarra Police Districts, the Dog Unit, and PolAir, executed search warrants at five homes in Ulladulla and recovered 454g of methylamphetamine, more than $50,000 cash, cocaine, a number of cannabis plants, almost 7kg of cannabis, mobile phones, and ammunition.
In a special sitting of the Nowra Children's Court before Nowra District Court Judge Dina Yehia on December 10, the teen pleaded guilty to three counts of supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, two counts of supplying an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug, possessing or trying to prescribe a restricted substance, having good suspected of being stolen and participating in a criminal group.
A further charge of possessing ammunition was withdrawn and dismissed.
Court papers said the teenager agreed to supply one kilogram of cocaine between June 25 and August 9 last year and knowingly took part in the supply of 1.384kg of methylamphetamine or ice between April 17 and August 9.
He was also charged with supplying a quantity of cocaine and ecstasy.
The teen was placed on a 18-month suspended jail sentence, while $4550 found at his home at the time of the police search was ordered to be forfeited to the state.
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