An EncroChat boss moaned to mates after a 'gun bust' left him £75,000 in debt.

Samuel Lewis, who used the handle 'KeySilver' on the secretive phone network, said he had supplied "tops" and "jackets" to a man later allegedly arrested for importing guns.

The 30-year-old dad complained he had supplied him with 10 kilograms of cannabis and two kilograms of cocaine before he "got nicked", and he claimed as a result he owed his own suppliers £75,000.

Charles Lander, prosecuting at Liverpool Crown Court, described the conversation between 'KeySilver' and 'NextHorse' as "illuminating".

Reading the messages he said: "I done about 15-20… work with him…then layed him on with 10 jackets and 2 tops and .. he got nicked”

Lewis then goes on to state: "I owe the lads 75k… me own fault for going with it but it worked time and time again and he had a boss name."

Mr Lander said this was "suggestive that the defendant’s business relationship with the third party had clearly had significant benefits".

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Lewis, of Mardale Road, Huyton, admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine, ketamine and cannabis between March 20 and June 3 this year.

He also admitted possession with intent to supply amphetamine.

As police raided his home Lewis' 74-year-old dad asked: "Is this because of those Encro phones?"

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At his home officers discovered an Asda carrier bag inside an Adidas rucksack which contained two blocks of white powder, later discovered to be amphetamine.

Lewis was arrested for his part in the drugs conspiracies after he sent a picture of his baby to other drug dealers.

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In other EncroChat messages Lewis was "clearly concerned about the prices of the market" during the pandemic and began stockpiling drugs.

When asked by 'MossyJade' "u have any polls", meaning cannabis resin, Lewis said he was "meant to be getting some in a few days mate" adding "I think they're going to be dear though" although they were "meant to be nice 1s".

He told 'MossyJade' "were dry mate" and "prices will be going up but am thinking might just grab another 1 or 2 in case all of this carries on for months ..b dry won’t it”.

Lewis also haggled over the price of cocaine and declared "happy days" after 'MindPlan' agreed a price of £40,000 for one kilo.

He has four previous convictions for possession of cannabis, the court heard.

Lewis said he was "truly sorry" and committed the offences due to "pressure from financial problems" as a result of his gambling and drug addictions.

Alaric Walmsley, defending, said during his time in prison Lewis had gained a number of qualifications and hopes to gain a business degree.

Judge David Swinnerton, sentencing, said: "You know illegal drugs individual lives, destroy families and destroy whole communities."

Lewis was jailed for 12 years.