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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Carlisle man's heroin ‘hidden in Kinder Egg’, court told

A man has gone on trial accused of planning tosupply heroin which police found hidden in a plastic egg on a flat roof next to his flat.

Benjamin Reynolds, 30, has pleaded not guilty to possessing the class A drug with intent to supply it.

At Carlisle Crown Court, prosecutor Kimberley Obrusik told the jury that the defendant accepts possessing the drug but he insisted it was for his own use.

She outlined how police raided his flat in Chatsworth Square, Carlisle, where he lived with his wife Leanne, on February 18 this year.

The officers involved seized a number of items, including a Kinder Egg which was found on a flat roof, and two sets of digital weighing scales, one bearing traces of heroin, cocaine, paracetamol and caffeine.

“Paracetamol and caffeine are commonly used to bulk out heroin,” the barrister told the court.

Also found in the bin in the defendant’s bedroom was a plastic bag, with its corners cut off, which Miss Obrusik said was a common way of packaging heroin.

The barrister went on to tell the jury that the defendant, now of Red Bank Terrace, Currock, was last year convicted of possessing the class B drug amphetamine with intent to supply it to others. “The prosecution say that this shows a propensity to supply drugs to other people,” she said.

Miss Obrusik said that by using their common sense the jury could properly infer and be sure that the defendant had an intention to supply the heroin found in the Kinder Egg to others.

The court heard that an analysis of the brown powder substance found in the egg had confirmed it was heroin. It weighted 3.25 grams, and was 17 per cent pure.

The defendant’s fingerprints were also found on the plastic bag that was found in the bin in the bedroom, the court heard.

The case continues at Carlisle Crown Court.

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