Portsmouth cocaine dealer jailed

Warren Penson
Warren Penson
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A DEALER who was caught in the middle of selling cocaine in his kitchen when police raided his house has been jailed for three years.

Warren Penson was arrested after police searched his family’s council home in Ledbury Road, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth.

The officers found 13 grams of cocaine, 19 grams of cannabis and some amphetamines during their search. The cocaine was out on the kitchen worktop and 44-year-old Penson was in the middle of a drug deal.

He denied the charge but he was found guilty after a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Penson admitted two other charges, of possession with intent to supply cannabis and possession of amphetamines.

Barry McElduff, defending, said Penson had worked hard to turn his life around since his arrest last July.

‘I know your honour will take the positive factors outlined in the pre-sentencing report into account when sentencing Mr Penson,’ he said.

‘In particular your honour will note the effort that Mr Penson has made since the wake-up call, as he describes it, of trying to free himself of his drug problems.’

He added: ‘This is not a case of someone leading a lavish lifestyle, there’s no evidence to suggest trappings of wealth.

‘It’s a council property and the family have been served, because of this case, with a notice for repossession, which Mr Penson feels sorely about.

‘He accepts he needs to be punished but the result of that is it punishes his family.’

Sentencing him Judge Roger Hetherington said: ‘Some of it had been found in wraps and some of it in powder and it was out on the kitchen worktop and you were there with another man and some sort of drug transaction was about to take place.

‘According to the pre-sentence report you have taken steps to make amends and abstain from drugs and so forth. If that’s all true it’s to your credit.’

He added: ‘You had a significant role here. I’m persuaded you were not selling directly to others on the street. The supply that was envisaged was to people that you knew.’