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The Monmouth dealer started selling cocaine on Facebook to pay off his debts

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A DRUG dealer started selling high-purity cocaine on Facebook after he lost his job and got into debt.

Dustin Tyler, 38, from Monmouthshire, used the social networking site to advertise and provide coke to earn money when he was broke.

William Bebb, prosecuting, said officers seized just over 6g of 81% pure cocaine during a raid on the defendant’s home.

The drugs had a street value of around £630, Cardiff Crown Court was told.

Detectives analyzed the defendant’s Samsung mobile phone which contained drug trafficking messages.

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Mr Bebb said: ‘He was selling cocaine for financial reward.

“The defendant told the police that he had lost his job and was buying cocaine from a friend to sell.

He didn’t lead an extravagant lifestyle – he was on Universal Credit

“He said he was in debt and owed a lot of money.”

Tyler, of Carbonne Close, Monmouth, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply and to be involved in supplying cocaine.

He also admitted simple possession of amphetamine after a small amount of the Class B drug was found at his home.

The offenses took place between November 2020 and May 2021.

He was a man of good character without convictions.

Thomas Stanway, representing Tyler, said: ‘After the defendant became unable to fund his own habit, he began supplying to people he knew.

“He was messaging other friends who were users.

“There were no text bombs and he was not earning any significant sums and there is no request for a proceeds of crime investigation.

“He didn’t lead an extravagant lifestyle – he was on Universal Credit.”

Tyler had fallen behind on his rent payments with the Monmouthshire Housing Association and sought help for his drug problem.

Mr Stanway added: ‘It was a wake-up call for him.

“He is ashamed and feels embarrassed for his family.”

Judge David Wynn Morgan jailed Tyler for 18 months, suspended for two years.