A drug dealer has been jailed after the death of a Cambridge University student led to his arrest.

Benjamin Brown was tracked down after officers found Keshava Iyengar, 20, dead in a friend's room at Trinity College, Cambridge, on 13 March, 2021.

A coroner’s report later concluded the student's death was drug-related and the police investigation uncovered messages on his phone from a drug dealer called “Lean Xan Man”.

The dealer described himself as a “pharmacist” selling a variety of prescription-only drugs through Instagram and Snapchat.

Officers identified Lean Xan Man as Brown, 32, of Byrefield Road, Guildford, Surrey.

He was arrested on 27 July 2021, and a search of his home uncovered drugs, more than £15,000 in cash and sticky labels with his “business logo”.

Brown pleaded guilty to two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs, two counts in the supply of class C, one count in the supply of class B, possession of class A and possession with intent to supply class C.

At Huntingdon Law Courts on Friday November 17, Brown was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison.

The judge described Brown’s drug dealing business as “substantial, sophisticated and lucrative”.

He said through greed he had “profited from the vulnerabilities of others dependant on prescription medication for conditions such as anxiety.”

DC Dan Harper, who investigated, said: “Brown was running a huge operation from his bedroom in Surrey, which had tragic consequences.

“It is not possible to prove that Brown’s actions caused the death of Keshava, but you can say with certainty that drugs ruin lives and there is a reason why some can only be prescribed by a medical professional.

“This is why it continues to be a priority for police in Cambridgeshire.”

Information on drug dealing can be reported via www.cambs.police.uk, or by calling 101.