A DRUG dealer didn’t stop trafficking cocaine despite being told off by his wife when she found out what he was up to.

Kaine Kerr, 30, from Caerphilly, should have listened to his better half after he was jailed at Cardiff Crown Court.

After police seized his iPhone during his arrest, they found a message from his wife expressing her concerns.

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Prosecutor Joshua Scouller said: “She said she knew and was complaining about his behaviour.”

Kerr was using a burner phone to send out text bombs offering cocaine for sale.

One read: “About all weekend, all hours.”

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When he was first questioned by detectives he denied any involvement in drug dealing.

Mr Scouller told the court: “When he was asked about being available all hours, he told them he was an unlicenced taxi driver.

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“The defendant also told them he was buying alcohol in bulk from Asda and Londis and selling it on to friends for a small profit.”

In reality, Kerr had got involved in the drug trade after he had developed a cocaine habit that was costing him £400 a week.

He turned to trafficking after building up debts with his own supplier.

Kerr, of Bryn Aber, Abertridwr, admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine between August 2020 and May.

He had three previous convictions for three offences and was jailed for 10 months in 2012 for wounding.

William Bebb, mitigating, asked the court to give his client, a father, credit for his guilty plea which was entered at the earliest opportunity.

His barrister added: “He was suffering from mental health problems and turned to drugs by taking cocaine and Valium.

“The defendant was taking 7g of cocaine a week which left him with a bill of £400 a week.

“He also lost his employment as a result of Covid.”

The judge, Recorder IWL Jones, told Kerr: “Class A drugs are a serious problem in our society.

“They destroy lives and they destroy families and that’s exactly what’s happened in this case.”

The judge added: “You were funding a problem that you had brought upon your own shoulders.

“The effect on your family is tragic.”

Kerr was jailed for 33 months.