A MAN who risked his life by trying to swallow 16 wraps of heroin during a police raid has failed to win a cut in his jail term.

Tyrone Altson Liburd, 52, of Ings Crescent, Thornhill, Dewsbury, was jailed for seven years at Bradford Crown Court last November.

He admitted possessing heroin and was found guilty of having the drug with intent to supply.

London's Criminal Appeal Court refused him permission to challenge his sentence, rejecting claims it was excessive.

Mr Justice Hunt, sitting with Lord Justice Rose and Mr Justice Crane, noted Liburd's previous convictions included four for supplying drugs and one for possession with intent to supply.

The current offences followed a two-day surveillance operation on a Bradford house.

A number of people were spotted visiting the address and Liburd was seen to leave the house, go to cars and exchange items with the occupants.

Police saw Liburd in the lounge, trying to swallow a packet.

He was prevented from doing so and the package was found to contain 16 wraps of heroin.

The sentencing judge said it was plain Liburd was dealing in drugs that day.

In refusing to cut his sentence, Mr Justice Hunt said it could be argued Liburd had been generously treated by the court in 1997.

He concluded the latest term was in no way excessive, particularly after a trial and for a man with his previous convictions.