A wife-to-be “resorted back to” selling crack cocaine heroine to “raise funds for her honeymoon”, a court heard.
Drug-dealing 28-year-old Terrie Renwick was found by an ex-plumber-turned-police-officer with her arm down the loo after flushing some drugs on July 16.
The quick-thinking copper traced the drugs through the system and retrieved a total of 220 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine from an external pipe, the Echo reports.
Renwick, who was due to get married this month, was found flushing the drugs on the day her sentence for a previous class A drug conviction ended.
Now, instead of walking down the aisle, she has been handed a four-year prison sentence at Liverpool Crown Court, where she appeared via video link on on Thursday.
Frank Dillon, prosecuting, told the court that officers raided her home at Vulcan Close, Warrington, at 9.40am, when the ex-plumber policeman found her with her arm down the toilet ditching evidence.
Mr Dillon said: “It was clear these items had been flushed down the toilet by Renwick.”
After searching her home they also found a taser kept in a kitchen cupboard.
Officers found £125 in her purse and two mobile phones – one in her pocket and one in the front bedroom.
Renwick was arrested but gave no reply and when police seized her phone a number of known class A drug addicts got in touch with it.
The court heard the drugs seized were worth a total of £2,410 in total.
She was subsequently charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and possession of a taser.
Renwick has four convictions for nine offences.
She was sentenced for two counts of possession of cannabis in 2015 and in 2017 Renwick was handed a three-year prison sentence for supplying heroin and cocaine.
Sarah Griffin, defending, said: “This is an extremely sad situation.
“She was simply trying to raise funds for her honeymoon and resorted back to drug dealing in an easy way, in her mind, to raise such funds.”
She asked the judge to take into account the impact on Renwick’s mother who suffers from COPD and epilepsy and for whom Renwick was the sole carer before being taken into custody.
Ms Griffin said: “She is being cared for by someone else but she would prefer for it to be her daughter.”
She also noted that Renwick had completed her past sentence and supervision requirements.
Ms Griffin asked the judge to take into account Renwick’s early guilty plea, her remorse and the current impact of the coronavirus pandemic on prisons at the moment.
Judge Louise Brandon, sentencing, said: “You’ve frankly admitted you saw this as an easy way to make money.
“You’ve not yourself used drugs since 2017 and so this was purely a commercial enterprise.”
The judge noted that the presence of the weapon in a house which contained drugs made the offence more serious.
Renwick was handed a four-year prison sentence, half of which will be served in prison and half on licence.
A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing will take place on January 15 next year.