A man who set up his own business dealing drugs to fund his own use has been jailed.

Ross Zielinski had a £70,000 inheritance in the bank but he left it alone and supported his lifestyle for a year by selling cocaine and cannabis, a court was told.

And after hearing how since his arrest the 29-year-old had shifted most of the cash, in large sums, to keep it from the authorities a judge said it did not show ‘good faith’.

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Colin Meeke, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court drugs squad officers spotted a Ford Fiesta in Blunsdon St Andrew last March with Zielinski at the wheel.

He said they were interested in him as he had been suspected in being involved in the drugs trade, so pulled the car over on Lady Lane by the Blunsdon Arms.

As they approached the car they saw he was trying to hide something and when they spoke to him to him he was twitchy.

He was arrested and said he had cannabis at home which he would hand to them and when they got there they seized about £900 of the drug.

As well as the drugs police also found £2,420 in cash in his room, his car and being carried by him.Mr Meeke said he then said he was unwell and rushed to the toilet, but officers realised he was feigning it when they saw he was trying to flush something away.

Although some of it was dissolved the rest was found to be almost one-and-a-half grams of super-strength cocaine.

When he was questioned he said he had been dealing both drugs for about a year , initially to fund his own use of the drugs.

Mr Meeke said that during the time of the offending he had a £70,000 inheritance which sat untouched in a savings account.

Revenue and Customs also show he had no other income so had no other source of money to live on outside of his drug dealing, which is thought made him £124k.

Mr Meeke added that since his arrest about £60k had been removed, often in large chunks, from his savings with the account now frozen with the remaining £10k in it.

Zielinski, of Abbotsbury Way, pleaded guilty to two counts each of being concerned in the supply of drugs, possession with intent to supply and one of having criminal property.

Delivering an oral report probation officer Jo Hall said he told her he had started using cannabis at 14 to fit in at school and then cocaine at 18.

She said he started to use more after the loss of his grandmother as a coping mechanism but was now off both drugs.

He is currently working for Oak Furnitureland driving a forklift and they have said his job is open for him what ever happens.

Claire Fear, defending, said that her client clearly wasn’t a sophisticated dealer as the cocaine charge was based on his own admissions in interview.

She said he had competed a drug rehabilitation course, is a low risk of reoffending and may come out more of a risk after time in prison.

Jailing him for for two years and three months, Judge Robert Pawson said: “I am told you have withdrawn £60,000 leaving about £10,000.

“That is not the actions of someone being completely upfront with the authorities after being caught dealing drugs.”