Portsmouth gang jailed for
Jay Connor, 35, Brian Philpott, 53, Spencer Stent, 31, and Amanda Pennington, 47, were jailed for a total of 19 years and 10 months.
The gang received more than 3kg of high purity cocaine from an organised, London based gang of Albanian criminals who police say were trying to infiltrate Portsmouth.
But analysis of CCTV and mobile phone cell sites revealed calls between some of the defendants around the time of the offences, identified other suspects and linked the criminals.
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In the first a 995g package of cocaine at 84 per cent purity and a 1kg package of the drug at 71 per cent purity were seized on May 30 last year.
The drugs were delivered to Pennington and Martin Leverton in the Tangier Road area of Baffins.
Leverton, 41, of Hampshire Street, Portsmouth, was sentenced to three years and four months in jail last year after being convicted of possession with intent to supply cocaine.
Officers then found a kilogram of the drug at a garage in Milton Road, Milton, on July 18 last year.
The cocaine was 93 per cent pure.
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The court heard one of the London gang had driven to the coast and met a Fiat driven by Brian Philpott at Admiral Lord Nelson School’s car park in Dundas Lane, Portsmouth to make the delivery.
Hampshire Major Investigation Team later followed an Albanian crime group member seen meeting Stent who handed over a shoebox police believed contain cash.
Jay Connor is said to have played a ‘leading role’ in the conspiracy, meeting members of the Albanian gang in London and organising the operation.
Connor, of Main Road, Chichester, Philpott, of Wellesley Close, Waterlooville, and Stent, of Gloucester Way, Chichester, admitted conspiracy to supply drugs.
Connor was jailed for eight years, Stent for four years and eight months and Philpott for two years and eight months.
Addressing the men, Recorder Simon Privett, sentencing, said: ‘The effect of deliveries like that is to cause untold misery of addiction and debt and further crime.
‘You brought by your actions shame on yourselves, your family and your friends.’
Pennington, of South Parad jordan retro e, Southsea, was convicted of conspiracy to supply drugs and admitted to two counts of converting criminal property and one count of handling stolen goods. She was jailed for four and a half years.
The cocaine and paraphernalia will be destroyed.
A confiscation hearing will be held next year where Stent, Connor and Pennington could be ordered to repay some of their criminal gains.
‘PAINSTAKING’ WORK OF POLICE FOILED DEALERS PLOT
THE conspirators were snared thanks to probes by Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Investigation Team (HMIT), the force’s Serious and Organised Crime Directorate and the Metropolitan Police.
Acting Det Sgt David Bone from HMIT said it was the ‘persistent and painstaking work’ of the force’s specialist detectives that made a difference in ‘delivering justice’ at court.
Analysis of mobile phones seized from Martin Leverton and Amanda Pennington along with CCTV and mobile phone cell sites led police to identify other suspects including Jay Connor and Spencer Stent.
Colleagues in the Serious and Organised Crime Directorate also gathered surveillance of Connor meeting Albanian group members in Chiswick and Richmond in May last year.
Stent was also caught on CCTV in August last year meeting a member of the organised crime group in Richmond.
Acting Det Sgt Bone said: ‘Four criminals have been prevented from causing further harm to the community.