A DRUG dealer was jailed for three years on his 27th birthday when he appeared at Truro Crown Court on Friday.

Lewis Flaherty-Davies, of Park Lane, Camborne, began importing drugs from Holland after his gambling debts had spiralled out of control.

Prosecutor Philip Lee explained that he ordered the MDMA pills and crystals from the internet, but was caught when UK Border Force intercepted two of his packages containing MDMA in 2017.

A police search of his home then unearthed 252 MDMA tablets with an approximate street value of £2,500, as well as small amounts of cocaine and cannabis.

Flaherty-Davies’ mobile phone was seized and texts showed that he was supplying Class A drugs between the April and June of 2017.

Defending Flaherty-Davies, Robin Smith described the defendant as an “intelligent, industrious man with a bright future”.

He had built up gambling debts and turned to drug dealing as a means of paying them off.

He pleaded guilty to possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply, two counts of fraud, and possession of cannabis and cocaine.

In passing a three-year prison sentence, Judge Simon Carr said: “You developed a gambling addiction and as a result build up substantial debts. The steps which you then took were unforgivable. You became involved in the importation and the sale of Class A drugs.

Judge Carr gave Flaherty-Davies for his previous "impeccable character" and for addressing his gambling problem in the two and a half years that the case has taken to reach its conclusion.