ONLY weeks before he was arrested by strike force detectives investigating a major ecstasy supply syndicate in the Hunter, Anna Bay motorcycling star Hunter Ford was announced as signing a two-year deal to continue his burgeoning career in Europe.
On Wednesday, Ford, 20, appeared in Newcastle Local Court via audio visual link from jail and pleaded guilty to supplying two counts of a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and two counts of supplying an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug.
A number of other drug supply charges were withdrawn.
Ford, who was represented by Roland Day, will next appear in Newcastle District Court on July 30 to get a sentence date.
Ford - who was announced on December 3 as starting a lucrative two-year stint in Europe as he looked to break into world championship races - now faces a lengthy stint behind bars.
He was one of at least a dozen people who were arrested in December, 2019, by detectives targeting the "party drug" scene in Tamworth and the Upper Hunter.
The accused ringleader, Corey Cutmore, remains before the courts and will next appear in Tamworth Local Court on July 15.
More to come.