A REPEAT drug trafficker was yesterday sentenced to a further four months’ jail suspended for 15 months after pleading guilty to trafficking in methamphetamine.
Dylan Stone, 21, formerly of Warrnambool, is presently in jail and not due to be released until December this year when he will have served 18 months’ jail.
He returned to jail last year after being arrested for the drug trafficking offences he was convicted of yesterday.
Stone pleaded guilty yesterday in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to trafficking in methamphetamine, commonly known as ice, between March and August last year and possession of cannabis.
The offences breached his parole for a 23-month jail sentence imposed in 2012 for drug trafficking and nine high speed police pursuits at speeds of up to 200 km/h.
Magistrate Ian Von Einem yesterday urged Stone to stay away from Warrnambool when he got out of jail.
He expressed concern that Stone was entrenched in a drug lifestyle after hearing he was still in a relationship with Jessica Pennery-Keenan, 21, who was last year sentenced to three months’ jail for trafficking ice and ecstasy.
Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Kevin Mullins told the court a division response unit based at Warrnambool police station had last year had some success against those in the higher echelons of ice trafficking in the south-west.
Leading Senior Constable Mullins said Pennery-Keenan and her mother Nicole Lockwood had “inherited” a drug ring from Lockwood’s husband. He said Warrnambool Magistrates Court last week found that Lockwood had trafficked tens of thousands of dollars worth of drugs. She is due to sentenced on Friday.
Leading Senior Constable Mullins said Stone and Pennery-Keenan had jointly operated a drug trafficking enterprise last year.
Stone was jailed in 2012 as a 19-year-old for drug trafficking offences that involved bringing back drugs from Melbourne and selling them to other dealers for distribution at street level.
Mr Jonathan Rattray, for Stone, said his client had a nasty car accident in his late teens that had led to him being diagnosed with depression.
Last year Stone began a relationship with Pennery-Keenan and had fallen “head-first” into his former drug lifestyle, Mr Rattray said.
He said Stone had only facilitated small quantities of drugs in his latest offences.
Mr Von Einem told Stone he needed to remember when he was released from jail that he had a further four months’ jail hanging over his head if he re-entered the drug scene.
“You need to be in rehabilitation, get work and have a decent relationship,” Mr Von Einem told Stone.