A Swindon drug dealer responsible for "hundreds of street deals", involving cocaine and cannabis, has been jailed for nearly a decade.

Carlon Elwin, of Galsworthy Close, was sentenced to nine years behind bars for his involvement in the supply of Class A drugs during sentencing at Swindon Crown Court on Thursday, November 9.

The 40-year-old was also sentenced to five years and three months in jail for being involved in the supply of Class B drugs, and a further two years and three months for money laundering offences - but they will run concurrently. It means he will face six years in jail before becoming eligible for parole, and will need to serve the full nine years before becoming entitled to release.

Police say Elwin was responsible for “supplying significant quantities of cocaine and cannabis in Swindon”.

In total officers believe he was involved in hundreds of street deals, and images of substantial blocks of compressed cocaine and large bundles of cash were found on his phone.

Swindon Advertiser: Bundles of cash and Class A drugs related to the caseBundles of cash and Class A drugs related to the case (Image: Wiltshire Police)

Referring to these images during sentencing, Judge Jason Taylor KC said: “A picture paints a thousand words.”

He went on to describe Elwin’s offending as “going from zero to 100.”

Elwin’s arrest and conviction come after a Wiltshire Police enforcement operation that targeted organised crime groups in Swindon.

Detective Inspector Dean Garvin, from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, welcomed the sentence and warned the force will continue to target those involved in drug offences.

He said: "Judge Taylor was clear in his view of those criminals that supply drugs on our streets. The Justice system will not tolerate it. If it wasn't for the fact that he finally pled guilty Mr Elwin would have faced 11 years in prison.

"People are entitled to be safe when they walk the streets of Swindon, and my plan is to put more organised criminals before our Judges in support of that.

Swindon Advertiser: Carlon ElwinCarlon Elwin (Image: Wiltshire Police)

"We will now pursue every asset and penny that Mr Elwin has through our financial investigation team and the civil courts."

Members of the public who are concerned about drug related crime in their area, or those who think someone they know may be a victim of drug exploitation, have been urged to report their fears to police.

People can report suspected crimes on 101 or, in an emergency, by calling 999.

Those with a hearing or speech impairment have been encouraged to use the force’s textphone service on 18000, or text 999 if they have pre-registered.