A WARRNAMBOOL drug trafficker charged with being involved in nine police pursuits at speeds up to 200km/h has abandoned an appeal after being warned his sentence could be doubled or trebled.
Dylan Christopher Stone, 19, of Harbour Mews, yesterday appeared in Warrnambool County Court after appealing against the severity of a jail sentence.
In early July this year Stone pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to 22 charges.
Those charges included trafficking ecstasy and cannabis, possessing Oxycodone, six counts of driving while disqualified and four counts each of reckless conduct endangering serious injury and failing to stop when requested by police.
Stone was jailed for 23 months and has to serve six months before being eligible for parole.
He has already served 65 days in custody so is eligible for release after serving a little more than three months.
Yesterday Judge Bill Stuart warned defence counsel Michael Turner and Stone that the appellant faced a far greater sentence if he persisted with the appeal.
He said he would consider doubling or trebling the penalty.
Judge Stuart said Stone had been involved in significant drug trafficking and persistent and shocking offending over a long period of time.
He said that there came a point in time that matters should not be heard in the magistrates court and Stone's was one of those cases.
Judge Stuart also declined a request that Stone be allowed to hand himself in to custody at Geelong due to Stone suffering a back complaint and the crowded and uncomfortable Warrnambool police station cells.
Courts have previously been told that Stone had become involved with drugs after becoming addicted to painkillers to ease serious injuries suffered when he was 17.
During mid last year Stone went to Melbourne with a friend a number of times to buy cannabis, ecstasy and amphetamine.
The pair spoke about buying an SS Holden Commodore but because Stone was a P-plater he couldn't legally buy the powerful vehicle.
Stone borrowed his friend's driver's licence, travelled to Cranbourne last November and paid $14,000 cash for a purple SS Holden Commodore which he drove home despite being disqualified from driving for 18 months.
At the time he was also serving a suspended jail sentence for driving while disqualified.
Warrnambool district police officers executed a search warrant at Stone's home on March 6 this year, finding a Samsung mobile telephone, 28 grams of cannabis, two glass smoking devices, Oxycodone prescription tablets and a stolen dirt motorbike.
In his jacket pocket they also found $4600 cash and the next day police recovered the purple SS Commodore.