Drug dealer pleads guilty over $13,000 stash

A CONVICTED drug trafficker busted in Portland will have a four-month suspended jail sentence hanging over his head when he is released from prison.

Theodosis Koumis, 65, formerly of Sunderland Bay near Phillip Island, is currently serving time in Langi Kal Kal Prison at Trawalla and appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday via video link.

He faced a charge of dealing with the proceeds of crime — a charge relating to his arrest in Portland in September 2011, which led to his jailing.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Kevin Mullins said Koumis was staying in a room at a Portland hotel when his car and his room were searched by police. 

Officers discovered more than $13,000 in cash, as well as more than $50,000 worth of amphetamine and heroin, five mobile phones, digital scales and a large amount of foil, ziplock bags and freezer bags, the court heard.

Koumis had been charged and sentenced for all of the matters except one, which related to the $13,000 in cash that police claimed to be the proceeds of crime.

The court heard Koumis had continually expressed his desire to fight that charge until recently when he agreed to plead guilty.

Koumis initially told police the money was the combination of betting on horses, being a successful poker player and loans from friends and family.

Defence counsel Xavier Farrelly said Koumis was hoping for a suspended sentence so that when he was released from prison later this year he would be able to help care for his elderly mother and see his sick brother.

Koumis was sentenced to four months in jail, suspended for 18 months.

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