Budding cocaine dealer sentenced |

A man who tried to smuggle cocaine into the island hidden inside has been given a suspended sentence.

Craig Phillip Teare was arrested by police as he got off the ferry from Heysham.

A few days later, he “produced” two packets of cocaine from his rectum in the hospital.

After pleading guilty to importing the Class ‘A’ drug to the island and possessing it, magistrates sentenced him to six months in prison, suspended for two years.

The 35-year-old, who was due to start working as a quantity surveyor next week, was also given a two-year suspended supervision order.

We have previously reported how Teare was on the boat from Heysham to the Isle of Man at 4.40am on New Years Eve. Police spoke to him as he disembarked and he was described as ‘evasive’ and ‘jittery’ .

A search found nothing on him, but reports were received that he was hiding something internally.

He was taken to Noble Hospital and on January 4 he “produced” two packages from his rectum.

The first packet contained 0.1 grams of cocaine, while the second packet contained three envelopes of the drug, containing a total of 2.8 grams.

The total amount of drugs found was 2.9 grams, valued by police at £290.

When questioned by police, Teare, who lives in Tramman Rise in Anagh Coar, handed over a prepared statement saying he was a drug addict and drugs were for personal use only.

He told police he had trouble getting cocaine on the island and it was cheaper in England. He said he paid £200 for the drugs.

The court heard Teare was sentenced to 120 hours of community service in June 2021 and has only completed two hours so far.

The sentence was handed down for fraud by misrepresentation after Teare took £1,210 from a woman for bogus TT accommodation.

Defense attorney Paul Rodgers said Teare was caring for her child full-time and needed help from the Drug and Alcohol Team (DAT).

Mr Rodgers said his client had recently secured employment as a quantity surveyor and was due to start shortly.

Regarding the community service order, the attorney said that for much of the time Teare worked full time, including Saturdays, and community service was not available on Sundays, but the was now. Magistrates agreed to let the community service order continue.

Magistrates’ chairman Ken Faragher told Teare: ‘We’re giving you one last chance to try to figure it out.

He must also pay £125 prosecution costs.

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