A drug dealer who was busted by police desperately tried to "get rid" of evidence by hurriedly smashing a phone and hurling a bag of cannabis out of a rear window.

Nathan Langton was left with a badly cut hand and "gushing with blood" after trying to twist and wreck the phone, Hull Crown Court heard.

Police were alerted after hearing ringing from a phone hidden in a toilet cistern and found numerous drug-related messages on it, the court was told.

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Langton, 27, of Lansdowne Road, Bridlington, admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply and acquiring £490 cash as criminal property on September 14.

Chloe Ogley, prosecuting, said that police executed a search warrant at Langton's home and forced their way in.

Police at the rear of the property spotted 21 packets of drugs being thrown from an upper window in a carrier bag. They turned out to be cannabis edibles.

Nathan Langton has been jailed again
Nathan Langton has been jailed again

Langton's hand was "gushing with blood" but he would not say what had happened.

An iPhone was found twisted and smashed. He had tried to destroy it to conceal evidence and it was too damaged to switch on, the court was told.

Cash totalling £490 was found in a bedside cabinet. A phone was found hidden in a toilet cistern.

"It was still switched on and had received numerous messages," said Miss Ogley.

"It was the ringing that alerted officers. The toilet had recently been flushed in an attempt to conceal it."

Langton had convictions for 24 previous offences and had previously been jailed for three years for possessing cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply.

He was on licence at the time of the latest offences after being jailed for 18 months in May last year for burglary and driving offences.

Langton had been recalled to prison on September 16.

Richard Butters, mitigating, said: "He seems to want now at long last to turn his back on offending. He wants to live a more constructive life.

"He wants to be more responsible in his life, not least to be a decent father figure for his son, which has been sadly lacking.

"He would concede that himself. He is now crying out for help, reaching out for help.

"He acknowledges that he made a big mistake and he wants to right that mistake now."

Langton had been working as an apprentice at a tyre fitting company in Bridlington until he was remanded in custody.

Judge David Tremberg told Langton: "You well knew when you were on licence, and before you began this offending, that if you were caught drug dealing again, there would be only one result, namely that you would be sent back to prison.

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"You did all you could in the short time available to you to get rid of evidence."

Langton was jailed for 18 months. The £490 cash will be forfeited.

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