A DRUG dealer was caught with hundreds of pounds worth of crack and heroin and a can of tear gas during a police raid in Southampton.

Jimmy Phillips was already under investigation for similar matters when officers conducted a sweep of his Southampton home. During the search, police saw the 20-year-old lob a bag out of the window of his home in Tickleford Drive, Weston.

When they searched the bag, they found illegal drugs as well as a can of CS gas.

Phillips, who was jailed for three years for the other drug matters, was sentenced to another 33 months.

Prosecutor Martyn Booth said: “He was spotted by an officer at the rear of the premises to open a ground floor window and throw and aerosol can, followed by a clear plastic bag.

“These were recovered by officers and found to be a CS spray and a bag of cannabis.”

During a search of Phillip’s bedroom, police found heroin and crack cocaine, with an estimated street value of around £800, as well as £660 in cash.

Mr Booth said a number of mobile phones were also seized, one of which contained a marketing text sent out to more than 70 contacts. In January, Phillips was sentenced to more than three years in prison for the previous drugs offence, when he pleaded guilty to supplying crack cocaine and cannabis.

Mitigating Keely Harvey said he had been pressured back into dealing drugs to repay the money lost following the previous arrest by police. She said Phillips had been the subject of threats and a window at his home had been smashed.

Ms Harvey added that Phillips had been forced to face up to his actions while in custody and was still young enough to change.

She said: “He is still young and there is still a chance of him having a productive life, but he can’t do that if he keeps offending.”