Curfew and tag for schoolgirl drug dealer

A SCHOOLGIRL who was caught on camera selling drugs in a high school playground has been electronically tagged.

Jennifer Ross, 16, was found with bags of cannabis in her pockets at Chryston High School, Muirhead, Glasgow.

The student pleaded guilty at Airdrie Sheriff Court last month to being concerned in the supply of drugs at the school between 4 February and 4 March last year.

Yesterday, she was electronically tagged and put under a daily curfew from 6pm until 7am for the next ten months.

Lyn Gordon, prosecuting, said: "The deputy head of the school received information someone was acting suspiciously in the school grounds. The deputy head monitored the CCTV and saw her with three bags."

The police were contacted and examined the CCTV footage before the girl was taken out of class to the office of the headteacher, Linda Johnston. There she was questioned and searched in front of her mother and police officers. Three bags of brown resinous material were found in her jacket, and police also found what appeared to be a tick list in her jacket pocket.

The prosecutor went on: "She was questioned as to what was in the bags, and she replied 'dope'. She said it was for her friend Susan but didn't know her second name.

"She told police she was only keeping it and wouldn't be stupid enough to sell the stuff."

Some pupils at the school admitted to police that they had bought cannabis from Ross and owed up to 10. The court heard that the three bags had a total weight of 29 grammes.

The court was also told that Ross, who has no previous convictions, had moved back to the family home, after staying with a boyfriend in Gartcosh.

Sentencing Ross, Sheriff Morag Galbraith emphasised that this was her last chance.

She said: "If you breach this tagging order, be under no illusions - I will not hesitate in sending you to prison."