Sunderland man awaits sentencing after 11 bags of drugs were found in his bowel

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A MAN who checked into hospital with a stomach full of concealed drugs has had his sentence put back to next year.

Paul Richardson, of Elstree Square, Sunderland, had to have an operation to remove 11 packets of drugs after they were discovered by an X-Ray taken during a visit to South Tyneside District Hospital in June.

Hospital staff called in police after the haul of 72 tablets and 1.98 grams of painkiller Buprenorphine, a Class C drug, were found.

The 26-year-old admitted a charge of possessing a Class C drug at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court earlier this month.

He was back at court yesterday for sentencing.

Geoffrey Forrester, defending, said: “This is a case of possession of a drug, though not an entirely straightforward one, and a guilty plea has been entered.” Magistrates decided to defer the sentence until January 13 to see how Richardson co-operates with a community order imposed at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court for a separate matter.

He was granted unconditional bail until that date.