Drug dealer tried to hide heroin wraps inside her body during strip search
A drug dealer tried to hide £1,240 of heroin inside her body mid-way through a strip search by police, a court has heard.
When officers raided Belinda Ley’s home in Neath Road, Swansea, the 43-year-old was taken to the bathroom to be searched.
As she was taking her clothes off, the female officer saw Ley try hide something inside her body.
Following a struggle, officers recovered a package containing 45 wraps of heroin.
The wraps were all "£20 deals" of heroin and in total police estimated the drugs had a street value of £1,240.
In the flat police also found drugs paraphernalia including tin foil, money bags and £525 in cash.
Ley has convictions for more than 139 previous offences, though only one is for drugs offences.
Her barrister, Ian Wright, told Swansea Crown Court, Ley had pleaded guilty on a basis that she had been unable to pay off a £3,000 drugs debt and had been told to sell drugs for a dealer in Liverpool to cancel out what she owed.
Mr Wright said Ley, who has been a heroin addict for nine years, was “finally coming to the conclusion” that she had to address her drug issues.
Ley was given a two year jail sentence suspended for 18 months, and told to complete a supervision requirement as well as an alcohol activity programme.
Judge Paul Thomas said: “A custodial sentence, and a substantial one, is justified but I am convinced to give you one last chance to put your life in order.
“If you don’t take advantage of this leniency I am you will have no-one but yourself to blame."