Man had drugs ‘clenched between his buttocks’

A Limavady man who had over four grams of cocaine “clenched between his buttocks”, has been ordered to give £525 to a local charity.

Ivan Richard Brown, of Coolessan Walk in the town, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply and simple possession of the class A drug.

The 45-year-old also admitted possessing cannabis and aprazolam on May 4, last year.

Derry Crown Court heard that Brown was a passenger in a car stopped by police and he was found in possession of a controlled drug.

He was arrested and during a strip search at the police station officers found 4.67gms of cocaine “clenched between his buttocks”.

The court heard officers searched the 45-year-old’s home and found cannabis and aprazolam found sealed in the rubber surrounds of two window frames.

A further search was conducted outside the house and officers found a further 16.49gms of cocaine in a plastic container.

During interview Brown denied possession of the drugs found outside the house, but admitted those found inside were his and were for his own personal use.

The court heard the drugs seized had a value of between £850 and £1274 and the cocaine was of a high purity. It was accepted by the prosecution Brown is a “social supplier to like minded people” and not a “retailer” in drugs.

Judge Piers Grant adjourned sentencing until later this week. He ordered the destruction of the drugs and that £525 in cash found on Brown be donated to the charity Hurt.