A DRUG dealing student who tried to lure in addicts with cut price deals and offers on crack and heroin has been jailed for more than two years.

Troyhan Coleman was stopped by police in Colchester last month after a routine check on his Volkswagen Polo showed he had no insurance.

Officers spotted a large roll of cash in the console and arrested him.

When they arrived at Colchester Police Station, he was found with 34 wraps of heroin and 121 wraps on crack cocaine.

Specialist officers estimated each wrap was worth £10, however marketing texts found on Coleman’s phone showed he was offering deals including three ‘light’- crack cocaine - for £20 or four for £25.

Messages had been sent as far back as February and on the morning of the day he was arrested.

The drugs would have sold for £1,550 individually or £1,000 with the deals

The 21-year-old confessed to officers that he had been dealing, saying he received the drugs in bulk from a source he refused to name, then weighed, wrapped and sold them himself.

Coleman admitted two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs at Ipswich Crown Court.

Shade Abiodun, mitigating, said Coleman had a difficult upbringing due to the untimely death of his father and his mother’s battle with illness.

She said he had been in the middle of an accounting and finance degree at Essex University when he took the decision to sell drugs.

Coleman has a previous conviction for supplying cannabis when he was a teenager and Judge Emma Peters said that was an aggravating factor as she jailed him for two years and ten months.

“Drugs ruin lives” she said.

“They ruin the lives of people who become addicted to them, ruin people’s mental health and ruin lives of people who have nothing to do with drugs when they come home and find their houses burgled by people desperate for money to buy them.

“You have previously been given an opportunity but chose again to supply drugs.

“It is a great shame because you are clearly an intelligent man.”