A burly prisoner who used his backside as a drugs cabinet was found with more than £2,400 worth of illicit substances.
Kevin Brash had secreted heroin, cannabis, diazepam and Buprenorphine internally to sneak them into maximum security Perth Prison.
Perth Sheriff Court was told that Brash’s drugs haul was recovered but could not be accurately weighed because it was covered in faecal matter.
Fiscal depute Jim Eodanable told the court that the heroin - wrapped in 23 tenner bags - was worth up to £1,150 behind bars. The haul also included 185 diazepam tablets he had concealed and they were worth £925.
Mr Eodanable said: “The substances were contaminated with faecal matter so absolute measurements could not be taken.”
Brash, 37, Wester Drylaw Place, Edinburgh, admitted four separate charges relating to the possession of different drugs within Perth Prison between 3 and 14 August last year.
Solicitor Cliff Culley, defending, said Brash had been released from the prison days after being caught with the drugs and had remained out of trouble since then.
He said he was now acting as a carer for his mother and added that Brash was no longer suffering the drug addiction which had previously blighted him.
Sheriff Fiona Tait ignored pleas to let Brash do unpaid work in the community and instead jailed him yesterday for 240 days.
She said: “Having regard to your previous convictions and the location and values involved I am not persuaded there is an alternative to a custodial sentence.”
Brash’s criminal record shows he has almost 60 previous convictions and was serving a 12-month sentence for drugs offences at the time of the latest incident.