Drug dealer warned he faces years in prison

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A JUDGE has warned a drug dealer he faces years behind bars.

Austin Stanbury was found guilty of running a cocaine and heroin ring in the city after a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.

His barrister Osman Osman had claimed that the 29-year-old, from Essex, was in Portsmouth visiting women, rather than selling illegal drugs.

After the jury delivered the guilty verdicts Stanbury refused to stand up as the judge addressed him.

Judge Peter Henry said: ‘Remember that I will be sentencing you.

‘I will bear in mind your attitude in this case.

‘I thought the evidence you gave was dishonest and evasive and I have no doubt that you are at the top of this particular chain of drug dealers.

‘There’s only one sentence and that will be a lengthy custodial sentence.’

Jennifer Collins, 25, of Hill Road, Fareham, was also found guilty of two counts of conspiring to supply class A drugs November 2009 and August 2010.

Robert Tomney, 42, of Stamshaw Road, Stamshaw, was found not guilty of the same charges.

The jury heard how Collins had allowed drug dealers to use her former home, in Magdala Road, Cosham, as a base.

Police also tracked Stanbury’s mobile phones and the movements of his car through automatic number plate recognition technology over a period of months.

Prosecutors said he ran a drugs network nicknamed ‘Sky’.

Judge Henry released Collins on bail until her sentencing.

But he warned her she was likely to be jailed too, adding: ‘You must understand that the fact that I am granting you bail is no indication of what the sentence will be.

‘A custodial sentence is almost inevitable for this type of offence.’