This kid is being billed as the “the youngest drug dealer in Berlin.” I’m going out on a limb and citing the story as cultural enrichment, because the chances that this urchin is a “person of German background” are less than 0.1%. If anyone finds evidence to the contrary, let me know, and I’ll change the classification of this post.
While you’re at Bild, check out the “related news” for more enrichment. One of the headlines: “Turkish dad stabbed his own 15-year-old daughter to death in the latest honour killing to shock Germany.”
Here’s the Berlin article:
Police Arrest 12-Year-Old Boy for Pushing Heroin
Shocked police arrested a 12-year-old boy for pushing heroin, and described him as the youngest drug dealer in Berlin.
The child was caught in the Kreuzberg area of the German capital selling the deadly drug heroin on Monday evening. He was spotted in a park digging around in a sand pit.
When officers approached they found 150 pellets filled with heroin. Each one is sold for between €10 and €15.
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The boy tried to escape but the police caught him and confiscated his money. He was fingerprinted, photographed and has been handed to a custodian.
Kerstin Dettmer from the drug advice centre ‘Fixpunkt’ said that children were often exploited to push drugs.
“They don’t usually deal themselves but are used by adult dealers as pushers because they are under the age of criminal responsibility. The kids will get paid pocket money in return.”
Child drug dealers have also been caught in other parts of Germany. In Bavaria, police arrested an 11-year old boy in March 2008 for a similar crime.
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Hat tip: TB.