Northern Ireland man caught with drugs hidden between buttocks avoids prison
A man was found with a small bag containing cocaine secreted "between his buttocks" after being stopped and searched by police, a court heard yesterday.
Terence Dunlop (27), of Queen Street, Ballymena, was stopped by police in the town's Carnduff Drive area, where he used to live, on December 2 last year.
A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates' Court that officers informed Dunlop he was going to be subjected to a strip-search.
The defendant said he preferred it to be carried out at his home nearby, rather than being taken to the police station.
When the cocaine was found he told police he got the drugs the night before in Belfast at a cost of £40 from an unknown man. While in his house, police searched the premises and found cannabis and three Class C Subutex tablets. Dunlop told police he did not use Subutex.
Defence barrister Stephen Law said the defendant had 52 previous convictions, all related to a "need to feed addictive habits".
He said his client's life was blighted by misuse of substances and his mind was often "muddled by a cocktail of drugs".
The lawyer added that Dunlop had the support of his mother and brother and was hoping to move out of the Ballymena area "away from influences that tend to drag him back to drugs".
"The court has probably had enough of Terence Dunlop," he told the hearing.
Mr Law said the defendant, who pleaded guilty to charges of possessing Class A, B and C drugs, had been on a methadone programme.
Imposing a four-month jail term, suspended for two years, District Judge Peter King urged Dunlop to get help.