Had hidden drugs between buttocks

When police carried out a search of his house a 34-year-old man hid drugs between his buttocks, Banbridge Magistrates Court heard last Thursday.

James Samuel Gribben, Church View Villas, Gilford, admitted having a class B drug, Brephedrone, on June 15 2015 with intent to supply.

He also pleaded guilty to dishonestly using a quantity of electricity and possession of two strips of Tramadol without a prescription.

For each offence he was sentenced to two months in prison, suspended for 18 months.

The court heard that police carried out a search of the defendant’s house and saw that a magnet had been placed on the electricity meter. A search of the defendant uncovered two bags of white powder, which turned out to be Brephedrone, between his buttocks He also had two strips of Tramadol and did not have a prescription for them.

Gribben claimed they belonged to another person who, when he saw the police, gave them to him.

A barrister representing the defendant said it was a technical offence. His client had been passed the two strips of tablets which he hid intending to give them back to the other person.He added that Gribben had made full admissions.

District Judge Amanda Brady said she had to take into account Gribben had two previous drugs convictions for possession on his record.