A 24-year old man who was caught with a bag of heroin hidden between his buttocks was today remanded in custody.
Stephen Mark Kevin Bolton, from Monagh Drive in Belfast, will be sentenced on Friday after apppearing in the dock of Belfast Crown Court on three counts of possessing the Class A drug.
A prosecutor told the court 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 .39 grams. Bolton underwent a strip search whilst in custody, and bag containing around 4.1 grams of heroin was found in between his buttocks.
The prosecutor said that whilst 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’s worth of heroin. The court also heard that Bolton was caught with the heroin whilst in breach of a suspended sentence for a prior drugs-related offence.
A defence barrister spoke of the many efforts Bolton has made to tackle his herion addiction, including being referred to a detox programme.
Saying Bolton’s offending was “symptomatic of his dependancy”, the barrister said that at the time the possession offences were committed, Bolton had been dealing with a serious family matter.
Telling the court Bolton was now drugs-free, the barrister said his client was now working, adding Bolton “is not a hopeless case.”
Judge Corinne Philpott QC remanded Bolton in custody and told him he would be sentenced this Friday.