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A nine-year-old boy has become the United Kingdom's youngest ever cocaine dealer.

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An elementary schoolboy is believed to be the country's youngest crack cocaine dealer. 



According to the Mirror, the child, aged nine, was apprehended by cops for possession of the Class A substance with intent to provide. 


The child could not be charged because he was beneath the legal age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales, ten years old. 


An older brother, friend, or perhaps a parent is thought to have forced the unidentified boy to transport the drugs.

 


This child is reported to be one of the thousands of under-10s caught in severe criminality in England and Wales. 


Nearly 16,000 crime reports involving suspects aged nine and younger have been filed by the officer in the last five years.


According to The Mirror, the actual number of under-10s committing crimes (or being forced to) is likely to be significantly higher, given only 29 of 43 police agencies turned over the necessary information.



Junior Smart, who developed the St Giles' SOS Project and has been lauded for his anti-gang work with the St Giles' Trust, expressed his disbelief: "When I first started doing this 15 years ago, the 10-year-olds on our caseload astounded me.


"I don't even blink anymore. They are getting younger by the day.


"They are utilized to transport drugs on behalf of a family member or friend.  One of the most typical things these kids tell me is, "We thought these people cared about us."



Junior, a past offender, went on to say, "Since Covid hit, thousands upon thousands of families have been out of work who weren't entitled to furlough."


"If they perceive an opportunity to profit, they will accept the risk." As a result, since the pandemic began, we have noticed an increase in the number of children victimized by drug gangs."


"Breaking the loop of children becoming involved in criminal activity is a vital area for all agencies engaged," said Jo Shiner, Chief Constable of Sussex and National Police Chiefs' Council lead for children.




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