A boasting drug dealer who was filmed washing his face in a large bowl of cocaine has been jailed.

Kurtis Doel and two friends ran a street supply operation in which they bought high purity cocaine, diluted it with bulking agents and then sold it through Snapchat.

They were arrested after they set up shop in a city centre hotel in Exeter where they paid in cash and aroused suspicion by making regular trips to meet buyers.

Doel had around £3,600 worth of cocaine in a safe the room he was sharing with fellow dealer Ben Mitchell while the third member of the gang, Liam Elliott, was in another room.

Police found him in bed with his girlfriend. He had £400 cash, a small amount of high quality cocaine on a table, a vice, and a stash of benzocaine cutting agent.

Kurtis Doel, Liam Elliott and Ben Mitchell

There were pictures on their phones of all of them handling the drugs including one of Doel splashing the white powder over his face from a large bowl.

Elliott’s role was to cut, press and bag up the drugs while Mitchell sold them through his Snapchat account, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Doel, aged 22, of Grange Court Road, Adsett, North Bristol; Mitchell, aged 22, of Raglans, Alphington; and Elliott, aged 26, of Pellinore Road, Exeter, all admitted possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

Doel and Mitchell were jailed for two years and nine months and Elliot for two years and six months by Recorder Suzanne Chalmers.

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She said: “There were some extremely unfortunate photographs and messages on Doel’s phone showing him holding a large bowl of cocaine which must have been of considerable value.

“Mitchell used Snapchat to advertise the cocaine. He may have been paying off a drug debt but was motivated by financial advantage and expensive clothing was found at his home which he had no legitimate means to afford.”

Lee Bremridge, prosecuting, said police went to the Mercure Southgate Hotel in Exeter at 10.30pm on July 10 because of reports of drug dealing and found Elliott in bed with his girlfriend in room 187.

There was a saucer with the remains of two grams of cocaine on the table and a vice for pressing the drug was found along with a cutting agent and £400 cash.

Doel and Mitchell were in room 17, which they had booked under a false name, and had £200 cash, scales, snap bags, and cocaine with a wholesale value of £2,000 and street value of up to £3,600.

A video on Doel’s phone showed him holding a bowl containing a large amount of cocaine and rubbing his face with it.

Josh Ticehurst, for Doel, said all three were equally involved and Doel was foolish and did not realise the seriousness of what he doing. He was drawn in through his own heavy use of drugs, which spiralled after a family bereavement.

Will Parkhill, for Mitchell, said he is ashamed of what he did and acted immaturely. He is a trained plasterer who poses a low risk of reoffending.

Rachel Smith, for Elliott, said he ran into debt after using drugs to combat the after effects of an abusive childhood but is now clean of his addiction and planning to live a law abiding life on his release.





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