Grimsby drug dealer jailed after selling heroin and cocaine on the street
A GRIMSBY drug dealer caught selling heroin and cocaine on the street has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.
Oliver Cousins, 30, was arrested in August 2011 as police officers watched him ply his trade on Seaholme Road, in Skegness.
A search later revealed he had 87 wraps of the drugs inside his bottom, a court heard.
Christopher Geeson, prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court, said: "Police officers saw the defendant approach another person.
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"They intercepted him, and Cousins seemed to be clenching his left fist.
"He was requested to open his hand but he refused. After a short struggle he was taken to the ground.
"It was then discovered he had 10 cling film packets in his hand.
"He was arrested and strip-searched. Two tightly packed bags containing a further 87 wraps were found secreted up his backside."
The wraps were found to contain 13.28g of cocaine and a further 1.43g of heroin, with the drugs having a street value of £1,400.
Mr Geeson continued: "He had £220 in cash on him at the time of his arrest. His telephone was taken. When that was analysed there were a large number of messages that related to the supply of drugs."
Cousins, of Cleethorpe Road, in Grimsby, admitted two charges of possession of drugs with intent to supply on August 30, 2011. The cash found on him was confiscated after being ruled to be the proceeds of drug dealing.
Judge Sean Morris told him: "Drug taking is a scourge of our modern society but at the end of the day taking drugs is a lifestyle choice."
Richard Butters, defending, said: "He has been a heroin addict for 10 years and that is his life.
"His heroin habit was completely out of control. He was injecting about £50 worth of heroin a day and sometimes more. He had a dreadful drug addiction."
He said Cousins has suffered ill health as a result of his drug use and is now prescribed warfarin after being admitted to hospital with a blood clot in his leg.
Mr Butters said Cousins recognised his health problems were becoming extremely serious and has sought help to deal with his addiction.
"He has not taken drugs since February of this year," said Mr Butters.