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Belfast addict who hid heroin between buttocks is jailed

By John Cassidy

A 24-year-old man caught with a bag of heroin hidden between his buttocks has been jailed for three months.

Heroin addict Stephen Mark Kevin Bolton, from Monagh Drive in Belfast, was told by Deputy Belfast Recorder Judge Corinne Philpott QC that he will spend a further 22 months on supervised licence following his release.

"The purpose of this sentence is to indicate to you that cannot keep doing what you are doing and I am giving you an opportunity to help yourself,'' Judge Philpott QC told Bolton.

A prosecutor told the court earlier this week that on September 1, 2012 police were alerted to two men acting suspiciously near the CastleCourt shopping complex on Belfast's Royal Avenue. Officers apprehended the pair in a cafe, with the prosecutor revealing that Bolton "was seen trying to hide something down the back of his trousers."

The pair were detained and a search of Bolton revealed two small wraps of heroin which amounted to 0.39 grams. Bolton underwent a strip search while in custody, and bag containing around 4.1 grams of heroin was found in between his buttocks.

The prosecutor said that while in custody, Bolton said the reason why he had so much was "that it was coming up to his birthday and he had bought a few days worth to sustain his habit".

The PSNI estimated the two smaller wraps to have a street value of around £25 each, while the bigger bag contained around £500 worth of heroin.

The court also heard that Bolton was caught with the heroin while in breach of a suspended sentence for a prior drugs-related offence.

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