A DRUG dealer who was caught by police shoeless after a helicopter search in central Abingdon has been jailed.

Kyle Marcano had already admitted two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and one of causing criminal damage.

Oxford Crown Court heard at his sentencing hearing today how the 24-year-old of St Pauls Road, Northampton, was caught with cocaine and heroin on October 7.

Officers were first alerted after a man approached police to say somebody was inside a flat at Stratton Way, Abingdon and that he was scared to go back in because of him.

When police went to investigate the home a man left through a window and a helicopter search was launched.

Nearly two hours later Marcano was found - completely shoeless - at nearby Bath Street.

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A 'sandwich bag' was found which contained a haul of drugs - made up of 45 wraps of heroin and 38 wraps of cocaine. Further searches revealed more, made up of 46 wraps of heroin and 82 wraps of cocaine.

In total he had 213 wraps of class A drugs which carried a street value of about £4,260 and he also had £720 in cash.

In mitigation his defence barrister Kellie Enever said that her client had struggled to get away from previous drug-related associates.

She said the offence was a case of Mercano doing a 'favour' for one past associate.

Sentencing, Judge Maria Lamb ordered a jail term totalling three years and five months and a victim surcharge to be paid.