Australian Drug Dealer Used Five-Year-Old To Sell Heroin

By McCarton Ackerman 01/05/15

The unnamed man allegedly used the young boy to collect money from his heroin sales on city streets.


Police in Sydney, Australia, have claimed that an alleged drug dealer used a five-year-old boy to help sell heroin on city streets.

The unnamed 34-year-old was arrested last week in Woolloomooloo and charged with a variety of drug offenses, including five counts of supplying a prohibited drug, and three counts of procuring a child under the age of 16 to take part in the supply of a prohibited drug. He allegedly sold heroin to a man on five different occasions between Dec. 1 and Dec. 5 and used the boy “to collect money for the transactions” during three of the transactions. The reported drug dealer was refused bail as a result of his conduct.

However, extremely young children either selling drugs or assisting with transactions isn’t a novel concept in Australia. In Australian primary schools, which is kindergarten through seventh grade, nearly 90 serious incidents involving students and drugs were reported to the NSW Department of Education and Communities in the last two terms of 2010, or about one per day. One teacher reportedly seized pot leaves from the school bag of a nine-year-old boy, while the mother of a 13-year-old girl reported that her food was spiked with marijuana during a cooking class.

At the high school level, some international drug lords have used the home addresses of teenage students to transport drugs and other narcotics into the country. The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service reported in November 2013 that two teens were facing charges after allegedly being paid a few hundred dollars to accept a package containing nearly 10 pounds of ephedrine, which could produce $250,000 worth of crystal meth.

“The promises that the syndicates give these students in a lot of instances is that because of their age, they won't be held legally responsible,” said ACBPS NSW regional director Tim Fitzgerald. “That’s completely incorrect.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.