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Man’s questionable heroin-hiding spots include his underpants

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U.K. police make the unexpected skivvies find after arresting driver for suspected drug possession

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A police stop-search involving a 24-year-old man suspected of possessing illegal drugs ended with U.K. cops finding 150 heroin wraps in the suspect’s underpants and a whole lot more outside of his drawers.

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The man was stopped midday on Jan. 17 by patrolling members of the county knife crime team for Nottinghamshire Police after officers noticed what they believed was a potential drug deal, notes a statement from police.

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Upon seeing the transaction, the officers followed the suspect to another location in Sutton-in-Ashfield, where they stopped the man’s vehicle.

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A vehicle search revealed unspecified amounts of cash and Class A drugs, which include crack cocaine, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, LSD, magic mushrooms, methadone and methamphetamine. The driver was then arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and taken into custody.

It was during a second search while in police custody, though, that officers found even more heroin wraps inside his underpants. That led to a third search involving a property in the Birmingham area. There, the police discovered and seized “further quantities of drugs and cash.”

Drug Wise reports the average cost of a heroin bag, with a weight of 0.1 grams, in 2016 in the U.K. was about £10 (almost $17).

The maximum penalty for possessing a Class A substance in the U.K. is seven years in prison, an unlimited fine or both, while supplying or producing them carries a term of up to life in prison.

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A number of others have unsuccessfully tried to hide illicit substances in their bras, on more than one occasion, pants or underpants.

Information from the U.K. government points out that “a number of countries have been experiencing their highest levels of drug-related deaths over recent years, and in the U.K., there has been an 80 per cent increase since 2012, with the number of heroin-related deaths doubling in that time.”

An overview of drug misuse in England and Wales for the year ending June 2022, released last month, shows 2.7 per cent of people between the ages of 16 and 59 years and 4.7 per cent of those aged 16 to 24 years reported using a Class A drug. This was “a significant decrease from the year ending March 2020, when this was 3.4 per cent and 7.4 per cent, respectively,” it notes.

“Proactive stop and searches like the one used in this case play a key role in helping us to prevent and detect crime in our communities,” says Sergeant Jonny Groves of Nottinghamshire Police’s county knife crime team.

Despite arresting the driver, Groves reports inquiries are ongoing and welcomed anyone with information to give the police a call.

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