A WORKINGTON drug dealer found to have heroin stashed between his buttocks after being arrested by police has been jailed for four years.
Sean Glover, 30, and a 45-year-old accomplice, Tracie Jane Nicholson, were seen by police officers monitoring a known drugs “hotspot” who witnessed suspiciously activity on the morning of July 16 last year.
When stopped, Glover had a wrap of heroin hidden in a sock and, during a custody strip search, a larger amount was found concealed between his buttocks.
When Nicholson was searched at a police station, it was discovered she had almost two dozen heroin wraps stashed beneath a panty liner in her underwear.
The overall heroin haul’s total potential value was worth £2,500.
She was in possession of a mobile phone which contained communications linked to drug-dealing, and in a communal area of a shared Harcourt Street house in Workington at which both lived, weighing scales and torn plastic packaging were located.
Glover and Nicholson admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply. Nicholson did so on the basis that she carried the heroin for Glover, who had been anxious to protect some of his stash if he was stopped by police; that the mobile phone belonged to Glover; and that she had no direct involvement in drugs and money changing hands.
But, passing sentence, Recorder Katherine Pierpoint told her: “You were playing an important role in his (Glover’s) operation. By keeping drugs back, keeping them safe for a dealer, you are helping in the supply, helping Mr Glover in his job, which was to peddle misery to users.”
Glover – jailed in 2016 for the same crime – was handed a four-year sentence. Nicholson had a two-year prison term suspended for two years. She must complete a rehabilitation requirement and a three-month night-time curfew.