Man with heroin and crack up his butt ‘sold drugs to pay for his mother’s funeral’

Tyrone Grimes, 28, has been sentenced to three years and four months in prison after being caught with 58 packs of crack and heroin stashed up his bum

Tyrone Grimes, 25, was found with 58 packs of heroin and crack up his butt
Tyrone Grimes, 25, was found with 58 packs of heroin and crack up his butt

A man caught by police hiding 58 packs of heroin and crack up his butt says he ended up trafficking drugs to help pay for his mother’s funeral.

Officers arrested Tyrone Grimes in Widnes, Cheshire, after spotting him attempting to deal drugs on May 11. A search revealed the hidden Class A drugs.

Grimes, 25, had been stopped while driving his Citreon Berlingo and was trying to fight back when arrested.

He was later strip searched at Cheshire Police North Detention Center.

Paul Wood, who pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday, said officers found the drugs up his butt. Mr Wood said: “He was uncooperative and threatened to call the police and made a number of derogatory comments. He was strip searched and a pack containing 29 packs of diamorphine (heroin) and 29 packs of cocaine was seized.”

The drugs were contained in £10 deals totaling £580. He also had £146.30 confiscated from the pocket of his fleece jacket and a burner phone.

The drugs found on Grimes were worth a total of £580 (stock image)


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A drugs expert said the drugs were “compatible with resale.”

The mobile phone showed Grimes, from Widnes, who had sent a lighted message on May 1 relating to class B drugs.

Grimes did not comment on questions during the police interview. Mr Wood said Grimes had three convictions for five offences, including transporting a Schedule B item to jail, namely a telephone up his butt, conspiracy to supply a Class B drug and possession of a prohibited weapon which Judge David said was illegal Aubrey, QC, related a “disguised firearm” and for which Grimes received seven years at a young offenders institute.

Returned to prison on license following his arrest in Widnes, Grimes pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug, namely heroin and crack cocaine, in Chester Magistrates’ Court on May 12, and one guilty of acquiring or consuming criminal property.

He was originally charged with assaulting an emergency worker in connection with his arrest in Widnes on May 11, but the count was ordered to go on file on Thursday. Mr Wood said the incident was “such a low level” and Judge Aubrey said: “I concur with that course of action.”

The case was tried at Liverpool Crown Court


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Carmel Wilde, defending himself, said Grimes, who previously worked as a mechanic, dealt drugs after his mother died from cancer and faced increasing financial pressures, including for the funeral and as a young father. She said he was diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder following his bereavement.

Ms Wilde said: “He was overwhelmed. He stopped working and unfortunately foolishly chose to take part in this crime. He saw no option. He doesn’t say that as an apology, but as background.”

She added that Grimes didn’t do drugs, but “fell into depression” and “accumulated significant debt.”

The judge sentenced Grimes, who appeared from prison via video link, to three years and four months in prison. The sentence had been reduced by a third from five years to reflect acknowledgment of Grimes’ guilty pleas.

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

A tentative timetable has been agreed in relation to a request for the Citroen Berlingo to be confiscated and the judge said the money could be donated to charity.

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