Drug dealer Zachary Gardener jailed for seven years
A drug dealer has been jailed for supplying cocaine to a network of buyers in Devon.
Zachary Gardener, 25, of Mitre Court, Holsworthy, admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine and was jailed for seven years by Judge Francis Gilbert QC, at Exeter Crown Court.
Graphic designer Gardener received large payments into his three bank accounts from dealers.
The court heard he had a cocaine-cutting workshop at his home.
Gardener claimed he was running a small-scale operation and only supplying a small group of party-goers.
Richard Crabb, mitigating, said Gardener had been very far from the top of the supply chain and his text messages showed he was buying his drugs from a bigger-time dealer nicknamed Twinkletoes.
Gardener's operation was raided after a former partner was arrested on suspicion of selling drugs from her flat.
Gardener admitted supplying cocaine but his role in the operation was determined by the judge after a five day fact-finding hearing in June.
Judge Gilbert said: "You were involved in the supply of cocaine on a commercial scale for profit. The evidence was overwhelming.
"You were heavily engaged in dealing and bought cocaine in multi-ounce quantities."