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Butcher said he was so drunk somebody else must have put the cocaine between his buttocks

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The court heard how Butcher has 57 previous convictions

The court heard how Butcher has 57 previous convictions

The court heard how Butcher has 57 previous convictions

A County Derry man who was found with cocaine between his butt cheeks has claimed he didn’t put it there.

Declan Butcher (31), with 57 previous convictions, from Glenmill Park in Limavady, appeared in Derry Magistrate’s Court this week for breaching bail conditions by possessing drugs.

It was heard in court how officers had responded to a disturbance outside a bar where Butcher was present, but it was heard the defendant then ran back into the bar upon the police’s arrival.

Officers followed Butcher into a toilet in the bar where they found bags containing around 110 grams of “white powder which was analysed and found to have the presence of cocaine”.

When Butcher was taken into custody, he was searched and another small bag of cocaine was found between his buttocks.

When quizzed by officers, Butcher said he had no idea where the cocaine came from, and he was so drunk someone else must have stuck it there.

When this was read out in court, the district judge said: “That is quite drunk.”

He added: "The very suggestion he gave that he was so drunk that someone else could hide a bag or place it between the buttocks of some totally innocent individual is so bizarre that you would need to be on drugs to even contemplate it.”

Butcher was remanded in custody until July 15.

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