Teaching assistant, 32, who was moonlighting as a cocaine dealer to ‘make some money’ outside the classroom is jailed for two years

  • Tyrrell Webbe, 32, began to sell cocaine to earn more money on the side 
  • Cardiff Crown Court heard Webbe threw a suspicious package into a garden 
  • Police found a zip-lock bag containing 12 grams of cocaine worth almost £500
  • He was jailed for 28 months; pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply 

A teaching assistant has been jailed for two years after he was caught moonlighting as a cocaine dealer to ‘make some money’ outside the classroom. 

Tyrrell Webbe, 32, pleaded guilty with intent to supply the drugs and was jailed for 28 months. 

Cardiff Crown Court heard Webbe was caught with almost £500 of cocaine when police saw him suspiciously throwing a package into a garden.

He told officers he was taking the drugs to a friend’s party but when they analysed his phone they found texts relating to dealing.

The court heard Webbe was walking through Cardiff at 2am on March 20 last year when officers saw him throw the bag into the garden.

Tyrrell Webbe, 32, pleaded guilty with intent to supply cocaine and was jailed for 28 months

When they stopped to search the area police found a zip-lock bag with 12 grams of cocaine worth around £480.

His Ford Fiesta was searched and police found a black iPhone with messages including one saying: ‘Can we get three bags of cocaine? Can we get three for £100?’

Webbe pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of class A.

Nik Strobl, defending, said Webbe had been working as a teaching assistant but would lose his job due to the conviction.

Cardiff Crown Court (file picture) heard Webbe was caught with almost £500 of cocaine when police saw him suspiciously throwing a package into a garden

He said: ‘He was on his way to bring the drugs to his friend that night which he accepts was a stupid decision. He received a message from somebody asking for drugs and saw an opportunity to make some money on the side.’

Mr Strobl said Webbe had since been working as a delivery driver and did fundraising for a cancer charity.

Webbe, of Nantgarw, near Cardiff, was jailed for 28 months. It is the first time he will be imprisoned, and will serve half the sentence in custody and half on licence. 

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