DRUG dealer Samuel Carty was so well organised he even had business cards with his mobile number on to hand out to his customers in Leamington.
But Carty was caught after a police officer in plain clothes saw him carrying out an exchange with a known drug-user in the town.
And at Coventry Crown Court he pleaded guilty to possessing 25 wraps of cocaine and ten of heroin with intent to supply them.
The 27 year-old of George Road, Erdington, Birmingham, who had previous convictions for more than 100 offences, was jailed for three years and eight months.
Prosecutor Jonathan Veasey-Pugh said that in November 2014 a police officer saw an exchange taking place between a woman he recognised as a known drug-user and Carty, who was apprehended.
Carty was taken to Leamington police station where he was subjected to a strip search, during which a package was found in his underwear.
In addition the police found £60 in cash and three handwritten business cards with the name ‘Stone’ on them and the number of one of Carty’s mobile phones.
And on one of the three phones seized from Carty there were 227 texts which made it plain he was actively involved in street dealing, said Mr Veasey-Pugh.
Mr Veasey-Pugh added at the time Carty, who had a large number of previous convictions, was on licence from a three-year prison sentence for burglary.Niall Skinner, defending, said Carty had a drug problem.
He added: “With that need for drugs comes the need to pay for them. That has been linked for year after year to offences of theft, primarily shoplifting, but on this occasion he thought he’d make some money by selling drugs.”