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TWO pupils of St Mary's College were yesterday each granted bail in the sum of $80,000 when they appeared in the Port of Spain Magistrates' Court charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

One of the boys pleaded guilty to the offence and confessed that he used his week's allowance of $100 to purchase the drugs.

The two, both aged 15, appeared before Senior Magistrate Annette McKenzie in the Fourth (A) Court charged with the offences.

Following the guilty plea, the court heard that at around 11.30 a.m., the boy was taken to the office of the school's vice-principal after it was learnt he was in possession of drugs.

Questioned by the vice-principal, the boy took out his wallet which contained three plastic packets containing the drugs.

The police were later called in and he was taken to the Port of Spain Criminal Investigations Department (CID) where he was charged with the offence.

Questioned by the magistrate, the teenager confessed to smoking marijuana and stated he had purchased the drugs the night before from someone in the Santa Cruz area where he lives.

He was represented by defence attorney Fareed Ali. The other boy was represented by attorney Keith Scotland.

McKenzie adjourned the matter to December 19 for sentencing after a probation officer's report is obtained.

—Rickie Ramdass

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