A DRUG dealer who helped sell almost a kilo of crack cocaine and heroin in Swindon has been warned to expect a lengthy period behind bars.

Bamir Cukaj, 23, yesterday admitted his part in the Walker drugs line.

Prosecutors say the line sold around 900g of class A drugs over 81 days between November 2017 and January 2018. If sold in 0.1g street deals, the drugs could have been worth up to £90,000.

Cukaj, of Falmouth Grove, Lawn, had been due to stand trial at Swindon Crown Court this week. But yesterday morning pleaded guilty to two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Formal not guilty verdicts were recorded against a co-defendant, Izmir Cubaj, 25, formerly of Woodside Gardens, Tottenham, after prosecutor Susan Cavender confirmed that the Crown would not been proceeding with the case against him.

Bailing Cukaj to return to court to be sentenced on a date to be fixed, Judge Jason Taylor QC said: “You’ve pleaded guilty today. In due course you will be given credit for that plea.

“You know that you are facing a substantial custodial sentence.”

The Albanian national, who came to the UK when he was 12-years-old, was ordered to surrender any travel documents and bailed on conditions he did not apply for new travel papers and lived at an address in Swindon.

Another man, Terrance Bonner, 45, of Granville Street, Bristol, who has already admitted his part in the drugs line, will be sentenced alongside Cukaj.