An East Yorkshire drug dealer is set to be kicked out of New Zealand after he was jailed this week.

James Elston, 33, left his home in the Hull area five years ago and settled in country ion the other side of the world.

But his life began to fall apart of the break-up of a relationship and he turned to crime to make ends meet.

Now Elston has been jailed for 22 months after previously admitting to possessing ketamine for sale, possessing LSD for supply, possessing cannabis for sale, having cannabis utensils and representative charges of offering to supply LSD and ecstasy, Stuff.co.nz reports.

Evidence of his drug dealing exploits were discovered after a search warrant was carried out in May 2020.

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Elston appeared for sentencing in the Invercargill District Court on Friday before Judge Russell Walker.

He came to New Zealand about five years ago before extending his visa and continuing to work in hospitality in Queenstown.

After a relationship break-down, he began self-medicating with alcohol and drugs, the judge said.

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When police searched his house in May 2020, they found 2,760 New Zealand dollars in cash, five mobile phones, a diary tick-list of deals and debts, LSD tabs, two bags of what was believed to be ketamine, cannabis grinders, scales and zip lock bags.

The diary had a heading “time to sort my life out, get a job in Auckland”, the court heard.

Further police investigations found evidence of drug dealing on a phone, including a message sent to 15 people saying Elston was out of cannabis because of the Covid-19 lockdown, but still had ketamine and ecstasy.

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Elston had no previous convictions but the offending had been going on for about 12 months.

Defence lawyer Tim Mackenzie argued Elston would not be the last foreign national to succumb to a drug and party lifestyle.

Immigration NZ would serve Elston a deportation notice before the end of his sentence, Mackenzie said.

Elston’s sentence was reduced for good character, guilty pleas, remorse and being a foreign national in custody.

Judge Walker gave leave to apply for home detention.