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Man hid £4,200 of heroin in backside, court told

Published 25/02/2016

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More than £4,000 of suspected heroin was hidden in the backside of a man stopped on a motorway, a court has heard.

John Goodman (33) later passed a package believed to contain the drug in hospital after refusing to undergo an X-ray, a judge was told.

Goodman, from Tonagh Gardens in Lisburn, was arrested along with Elvis Williams (46), of Hill Street in Belfast, on Monday.

Police claimed they were driving from Dublin when stopped on the A1 at Hillsborough.

Both men appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court charged with possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.

Goodman, who faces a further charge of importing heroin, refused to a body examination at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

He later passed a package that has yet to be examined, but police believe it contained 1.5oz of heroin with a street value of £4,200.

Opposing bail for Goodman, a detective claimed: “The fact he has gone to great lengths to conceal this shows he may reoffend.

“We say he’s gone down to the Republic of Ireland to get these drugs, and he’s got his co-accused to drive him for that purpose.”

Defence solicitor Fergal MacElhatton argued there was no evidence that Goodman had crossed the border.

He also stressed that it was not yet known what was in the package in question.

But Goodman was refused bail due to the risk of reoffending and was remanded in custody to appear again on March 23.

Counsel for Williams, who is also charged with being concerned in the supply of class A drugs, argued that he had consented to the body search and that nothing had been found.

He said there was no proof his client knew anything about the alleged illegal substances being concealed by Goodman.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted bail on condition Williams surrendered his passport and has no contact with his co-accused. He is also due back in court in four weeks’ time.

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