Guernsey drug mule took 16 days to 'release drugs'

Toby Leigh-Hunt Image copyright Guernsey Border Agency
Image caption Leigh-Hunt admitted the drugs "weren't for personal use" and apologised to the island's community

A man who was hospitalised for 16 days while police in Guernsey waited for drugs to pass through his body has been jailed for six-and-a-half-years.

Toby Leigh-Hunt, 28, had swallowed drugs and was also carrying them when he was stopped by border agency officers in December.

He admitted importing Class A drug MDMA and Class B drug cannabis.

Defence Advocate Samuel Steel described him as a young finance worker who fell into downward spiral of drug use.

He carried 17 packages with 49.1 grams of herbal cannabis and 50.92 grams of MDMA with a street value of between £4,000 and £7,000.

Advocate Steel said: "He's a young man who had a bright future in finance. He was raised by his grandmother in Guernsey and when she died in September he fell into a downward spiral of drug use.

"He used drugs as an emotional crutch but he's now trying to deal with those problems. He accepts it was a greedy and selfish decision and is aware of the impact of drugs on the local community."

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