A DRUG dealer who was jailed for supplying drugs last year is once again behind bars after he embarked on a new county-wide operation just weeks after his release.

Tyron Jackson, of Shaftesbury Avenue, Harrow, London was set to stand trial in December for two counts supplying class A drugs – cocaine and heroin.

In a last minute change of heart the 24-year old pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court on Thursday for his part in trying to flood the county with illegal drugs, and was sentenced that day.

The court heard Jackson had already been jailed for 30 months in May 2016 for a similar offence of dealing drugs.

Released on licence in May this year he soon fell back into bad habits and on June 22, when police stopped a car he was a passenger in, they uncovered his latest bid to tap into the drugs trade.

Jackson was found with a quantity of cannabis, £340 in cash and a mobile phone on his seat which detailed a whole new drug dealing operation spanning Oxfordshire.

Analysing the phone, officers found evidence of transactions with 18 customers, who were mostly known drug users based in Oxfordshire.

In mitigation, Shaun Wallace said that his client, despite his repeated offending, was a man of ‘promise’ and had been a model inmate while at HMP Bullingdon for the earlier offence.

He said: “This is a young man, who has allowed himself again, knowing full well the consequences, to be involved in the sale and supply of drugs.

“He says ‘I was only doing a favour for a friend’. While the phone belonged to a person called ‘Alex’ it is quite clear it was a drugs phone.

“He fully accepts he was in possession of that phone and of the nature of that phone.”

Jailing him Judge Zoe Smith said: “This court sees on a daily basis young people whose lives have been catastrophically ruined by taking drugs.

“Doubtless while you have been at Bullingdon you have seen such people for yourself.”

Jackson was jailed for a total of four years – four each for the two counts of supplying drugs to run concurrently as well as the single count of possession of cannabis.

The phone was also made forfeit and destroyed and the £340 cash confiscated, and he must pay a statutory victim surcharge.