Addict Ate Evidence

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An addict who swallowed the evidence when she and her boyfriend were arrested by police was taken to hospital to be X-rayed.

The results showed a tinfoil shadow in Layla Hodgson's oesophagus, and staff told her she needed further treatment.

But heroin and alcohol addict Hodgson, 29, refused it and discharged herself against medical advice, said prosecutor Jolyon Perks.

Hodgson and Kevin Ross, 40, were arrested by Cleveland Police drugs officers in an unmarked car in Worthing Street, Stockton, on June 19.

They were seen to approach a car containing two men, one of whom was known to police, said prosecutor Jolyon Perks.

Hodgson produced what appeared to be a pounds 20 note and she handed it to the passenger who gave her a pounds 10 note and a package.

The car drove off and the officers identified themselves to the couple for a drugs search. Hodgson was seen to pass a small silver package to Ross. He discarded it and she was seen to put something into her mouth and swallow.

She was taken soon afterwards to North Tees University College Hospital and X-rayed, Teesside Crown Court was told. …