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Carlisle man tells jury heroin stash was all for his own use

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] MAN accused of a heroin supply crime has told jurors he bought the drug in bulk for his own use “so I don’t run out”.

Callum John Duncan is on trial at Carlisle Crown Court. He denies possessing the class A drug with intent to supply, and also denies possessing criminal property – £2,245 cash – on March 4.

That was the date on which police called at his mother’s Botcherby Avenue home in the city. As 30-year-old Duncan ran out of a back door, he was seen to dump a bag in a fish tank. This contained around 96g of heroin and bulking agents potentially worth up to nearly £10,000.

It is alleged that father-of-two Duncan intended to supply that illegal substance to others. But, giving evidence, he claimed to have started taking the drug months earlier only to ease physical pain following a fall.

Duncan said he bought hundreds of pounds’ worth at a time with saved benefit and odd job money. “It was all for my pain,” he said.

His lawyer, Paul Tweddle, asked: “Did you ever sell any of your drugs to anyone else?”

“Never,” replied Duncan, of Irthington. Asked why he bought in bulk, he stated: “So I don’t run out.”

The trial continues.

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