A MAN accused of flooding Port Stephens with ice and amphetamines as part of a major drug supply syndicate between the Hunter and Sydney will face a trial in Newcastle District Court.
Ian Joseph Little, 38, of Pershing Place, Tanilba Bay, appeared in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday via audio visual link from Junee Correctional Centre where he pleaded not guilty to supplying prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis, supplying prohibited drugs and possession of an unauthorised pistol.
But Mr Little pleaded guilty to a separate charge of supplying prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis, admitting to supplying ice six times between June 9 and June 18, 2015, court documents state.
A raft of other offences, including eight counts of possession of a prohibited drug and six counts of supplying a prohibited drug, will serve as back-ups and related offences when the matter is ultimately committed for trial.
The matter was adjourned to Newcastle District Court on May 18.
Port Stephens detectives say they established Strike Force Doboy in 2015 to investigate an extensive methamphetamine, cathinone and GHB (Gamma Hydroxybutyrate) supply network operating between Port Stephens, Newcastle and Sydney.
Police allege they recorded a number of Mr Little’s conversations between July 4 and August 15, 2015, during which he is accused of supplying ice and cathinone pills more than 30 times to a number of different drug customers, court documents states. When police raided Mr Little’s house on August 28 they allegedly uncovered a replica pistol pellet gun in an unlocked toolbox and 22.89 grams of cathinone pills, court documents state.
Police allegedly seized more than 6000 cathinone pills during a raid on one of the houses linked to the syndicate.
Another alleged syndicate member, Meagan Ford, had her matters mentioned in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday.
Ms Ford, 35, of Estramina Way, Tanilba Bay, did not appear on the audio visual link screen from jail.
She has been charged with 33 offences, including two counts of supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, which carries a maximum penalty of life in jail.
Her matter was adjourned to May 10 when she is expected to enter pleas.
A third co-accused, David King, was also committed for trial on three drug supply charges on Wednesday.