Drug user desperately tried to swallow heroin during police raid - The Rugby Observer

Drug user desperately tried to swallow heroin during police raid

WHEN the police raided a Rugby drug-user’s home he desperately – and dangerously – tried to swallow ten foil-wrapped deals of heroin.

But fortunately for him, Shaun Hargie gave up and complied when the officers ordered him to spit them out, a judge at Warwick Crown Court has heard.

He pleaded not guilty to possessing the ten £10 wraps with intent to supply them – and on the day of his trial, his plea of guilty to possessing the drugs for his own use was accepted.

The 41-year-old, of Alfred Green Close, was given a 12-month community order, with an electronically-monitored curfew for one month, and was ordered to do 40 hours of unpaid work.

Prosecutor Matthew Brook said in April last year the police went to Hargie’s home at the time in Ashwood Court, Rounds Gardens, with a warrant to search for drugs.

They gained entry and found Hargie in his bedroom trying to swallow something which they ordered him to spit out.

After failing to swallow them, he spat out ten silver foil-wrapped £10 deals of heroin, which he accepted were his but denied intending to supply them to others.

Mr Brook pointed out Hargie’s previous convictions included two offences of possessing heroin with intent to supply it, for which he was jailed in 1999 and again in 2004, as well as convictions for possessing drugs.

Observing it was Hargie’s first offence since 2009, his barrister Andrew Molloy commented: “It is a significant time without offending. For someone involved in the class A drugs scene, that is something quite rare.

“This offence is now 20 months old, and there has been no offending in the interim.”

Sentencing Hargie, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told him: “Across the course of the years you have lived under the scourge of class A drugs, heroin.

“The police came to your home and gained rapid entry, and you sought to eat and consume the wraps of heroin you had. That was an extremely dangerous thing to do.”


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