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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Cumbrian drug dealer who concealed drugs on his body jailed

A Workington drug dealer who hid heroin in his bottom has been jailed for three years for an offence almost identical to one he committed less than two years earlier.

Christopher James Thompson, 25, of Rowe Terrace, had 16 wraps of the drug hidden between his buttocks when police stopped him in the town on December 30 last year.

He admitted an offence of possessing the class A drug with intent to supply it.

Passing sentence at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday, Judge Paul Batty QC said that at the time Thompson was out of jail on licence for an almost identical offence in May 2010.

The defendant admitted his latest street dealing offence on the basis that he was acting on instructions from somebody “higher up the supply chain” and to reduce his own drugs debt, in the region of £800.

Had he not complied with the orders, he and his family would have suffered, he said.

But Judge Batty said the police in west Cumbria were alive to that type of pressure and he should have asked for help rather than get embroiled in what the judge called this dangerous activity.

He said he hoped Thompson would get work when he was released from prison.

But Judge Batty reminded Thompson that he will be at risk of getting a seven-year minimum sentence should he be convicted again of the same offence. “It’s really up to you to take a grip of your life,” added the judge.

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