A drug dealer is facing jail after he went back into business three months after being caught and given a suspended sentence.

George Gill was found selling heroin and cannabis from his home in Ilfracombe in February last year at a time when he was supposed to be on a drug treatment and testing order.

He later completed the drug rehabilitation course successfully but has been told that a jail sentence is almost inevitable for the new offences.

Gill, aged 29, of Coronation Terrace, Ilfracombe, admitted possession of class A heroin and Class B cannabis and breach of a suspended sentence when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

He denied acquiring £4,270 in criminal property and the prosecution agreed not to pursue this charge after he agreed to forfeit £1,040 cash which was seized by police during the raid on February 23, 2019.

The rest of the money related to payments that went through his bank account between November 1, 2018 and February 24, 2019.

The previous suspended sentence was for one year, suspended for 18 months, and was imposed on November 21, 2018, after he was found guilty by a jury of being concerned with and possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Judge Peter Johnson adjourned the new case for sentence next month to allow the probation service to prepare an updated report.

He told Gill: “You should be aware of this: the suspended sentence was made at the end of 2018 you were breaching it within a short time by doing exactly the same thing, so there is a sense of inevitability about the sentence.”

Emily Cook, defending, said Gill was pressured into dealing because he owed money to drug dealers and agreed to work them off by selling on their behalf.

In the earlier case in 2018, the jury heard how Gill kept a list of his customers on a white board at his home and was caught him with £1,900 of the drug and £863.49 cash when police raided his ex girlfriend’s home in High Street, Ilfracombe on April 4, 2017.

Officers seized an Asda bag containing 189 grams of the drug which was worth between £1,260 and £1,900.

His former flat at Oxford Road was raided and police found £805 in a Quality Street box and £58 in small change. There was a whiteboard and hand written lists of customers who owed him at least £5,365.