Crime gang pair are ordered to pay back thousands

Cocaine evidence in a bucket'' recoevered during the investigation into the gang.
Cocaine evidence in a bucket'' recoevered during the investigation into the gang.
Barry Leigh outside court

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TWO members of an organised crime gang that conspired to supply almost £437,000 of cocaine have been ordered to pay back just a fraction of the group’s criminal gains.

Jay Connor, 36, Brian Philpott, 53, Spencer Stent, 31, and Amanda Pennington, 48, were jailed for a total of 19 years and 10 months in October for their roles in the conspiracy.

Op Pemberton Amanda Pennington''Amanda Pennington, d-o-b: 09/01/1966 ENGPPP00120131021165212

Op Pemberton Amanda Pennington''Amanda Pennington, d-o-b: 09/01/1966 ENGPPP00120131021165212

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.

On one occasion a kilogram of cocaine was delivered in the car park of a city school.

Now Pennington, of South Parade, Southsea, has been ordered to repay £2,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act within 45 days or face having to serve an extra three months in prison. She is already serving four-and-a-half years after she was convicted of conspiracy to supply drugs.

Spencer Stent, of Gloucester Way, Chichester, was ordered to repay £52,390 during the same hearing at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Op Pemberton Spencer Stent''Spencer Stent, d-o-b: 30/09/1982 ENGPPP00120131021165238

Op Pemberton Spencer Stent''Spencer Stent, d-o-b: 30/09/1982 ENGPPP00120131021165238

If he does not pay up within three months, an extra 18 months will be added to the 56-month prison sentence he is serving after he admitted conspiracy to supply drugs.

The gang used pay-as-you go mobile phones for their conspiracy but CCTV and mobile phone cell site analysis revealed calls between some of the defendants around the time of the crimes, identified other suspects and linked the criminals.

The drug ring was smashed after detectives found the cocaine during two searches.

In the first a 995g package and a 1kg package were seized on May 30, 2012.

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 in jail in 2012 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, 2012.

Separate, smaller packages with purities ranging from 22 to 27 per cent were also found.

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.

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, and Philpott, of of Wellesley Close, Waterlooville, were jailed for eight years and two years and eight months respectively after they each admitted conspiracy to supply drugs.

A confiscation hearing is due to be held for Connor next month.