Cheshire: Man with packs of drugs in butt ‘had to pay for his mother’s funeral’

Tyrone Grimes

Tyrone Grimes, 25, was also under financial pressure as a young father, a court has heard (Images: Liverpool Echo/PA)

A man found with 58 packs of crack and heroin up his butt has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.

Tyrone Grimes, 25, “threatened” police when they saw him attempting to carry out an alleged drug deal in Widnes, Cheshire, on May 11.

But the young father told a court he resorted to drug dealing to pay for his mother’s funeral and have a young child.

He had reportedly been “trying to fight” after being arrested when his Citroen Berlingo was stopped on Hale Road.

Officers later found the drugs – in £10 deals worth a total of £580 – when he was strip searched in Cheshire Police’s North Detention Suite.

Paul Wood, prosecutor, told Liverpool Crown Court: “He was uncooperative and threatened the police and made a number of derogatory comments.

“He was strip searched and a packet containing 29 packs of diamorphine (heroin) and 29 packs of cocaine was seized.”

A search of a Burner phone revealed that he had sent a lighted message on May 1 to promote Class B drugs.

A general view of Liverpool Crown Court

Liverpool Crown Court heard Grimes was ‘threatened’ to police during his arrest (Image: PA)

Grimes didn’t comment on questions during a police interview, but a drug expert said the substances found were “compatible with resale.”

Carmel Wilde, defending himself, said he turned to drug dealing amid mounting financial pressures after his mother died of cancer.

The 25-year-old, who previously worked as a mechanic, was diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder after the bereavement.

“He was overpowered. He stopped working and regretted that he foolishly decided to take part in this crime,” Ms. Wilde said.

“He saw no way. He doesn’t say that as an apology, but as background.”

She added that he didn’t use drugs himself, but “fell into depression” and “accumulated significant debt.”

The court heard Grimes had three convictions for five offenses and had been recalled to prison on license following his arrest in Widnes.

His convictions included conspiracy to supply a Class B drug and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Grimes pleaded guilty in Chester Magistrates’ Court on May 12 to two counts of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug, heroin and crack, and one count of acquiring or using criminal property.

He was originally charged with assaulting a rescue worker in connection with his May 11 arrest, but that incident was described in court as a “low level” and the prosecution was ordered to go on file.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, told Grimes “drugs ruin lives” as he was sentenced to three years and four months in prison.

“There were two different drugs. Drugs ruin lives. They cause misery, they cause despair, and you should know that all too well,” he said.

The sentence had been reduced by a third from five years to reflect acknowledgment of Grimes’ guilty pleas.

A tentative timetable has been agreed for an application to have the Citroen Berlingo impounded.

Meanwhile, the judge said £146.30 confiscated from Grimes’ pocket during his arrest could be donated to charity.

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