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'I've got 18 brown packages inside me for personal use'

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A DRUG addict who imported 18 bags of heroin which were hidden inside himself has been jailed for three and a half years.

Picture: STATES OF JERSEY POLICE (25829262)

Graham Keddie (41) was stopped entering the Island earlier this year and admitted importing heroin for his personal use. The total street value of the stash was £3,500.

The Royal Court heard he was a drug addict and he came to Jersey to get away from the Liverpool drug community and get clean.

Delivering the sentence of the Superior Number, which convenes for the most serious cases, the Bailiff, Sir William Bailhache, said: 'The court hopes you will get past your addiction and the court hopes that being in prison will help that.'

Crown Advocate Conrad Yates, prosecuting, said that on 14 April the defendant arrived in Jersey on the Condor Liberation from Poole.

At 1.50pm he was stopped and questioned by a Customs officer, and said he had travelled to the Island for work and he had a local contact called 'Donna'.

He was taken to a search area where he told the officer he had taken crack cocaine and heroin two days before, and that he was on a methadone programme.

A swab of his phone screen was taken and it tested positive for traces of cocaine and heroin.

He said he had no illegal substances on him but officers suspected he was concealing drugs internally and he was arrested. Later that day he told them: 'I've got 18 brown packages inside me for personal use.'

Advocate Jeremy Heywood, defending, said his client entered an early guilty plea and was co-operative from the moment he was stopped.

He said: 'It seems a touch bizarre but he needed heroin to get off heroin. He was coming to Jersey to get away from the drugs community of Liverpool.'

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