A MAN searched at a police station was found to have 25 packages hidden within his body.
Brian Appleton had earlier been arrested by an off-duty police officer during a violent struggle at the toilets of a local McDonald’s restaurant.
The officer had been suspicious when he saw Appleton talking to two other men.
They all appeared to be taking note of the town centre CCTV cameras and ended up huddled in the doorway of a store.
Prosecutor Elen Owen told Mold Crown Court how the officer followed Appleton, who entered McDonald’s but instead of going to the counter went straight to the toilet.
It was clear he was not using the cubicle for its intended purpose, the door was forced and Appleton, who was seen to be putting his hands down his trousers, was arrested following a struggle.
The packages were recovered at the police station during a strip search. A plastic tube was seen to be protruding from Appleton’s bottom and when it was recovered a total of 25 packages of heroin were found.
Appleton admitted a further five packages found by a cleaner at McDonald’s were his.
Appleton, 35, of Hampton Court, Ruabon, admitted possessing the Class A drug with intent to supply on the basis he would not have sold the heroin but would have given it to the two men concerned. They would then have returned the heroin at a later date.
Jailing him for 18 months, Judge Dafydd Hughes branded heroin a poison.
“Anyone who deals in any way with heroin is committing a very serious offence,” he said.
John Wyn Williams, defending, said Appleton appreciated it had to be custody.
But his guilty plea, although on the date of his proposed trial, and the basis of plea, which was accepted by the prosecution, would make a big difference in sentencing, he said.
At the time, Appleton admitted he was a heroin addict. But since his remand in custody he had been able to wean himself off drugs and intended to remain drug-free on his release.
Mr Williams said: “At the age of 35, he realised the time has come to put drugs behind him.”