A YOUNG man charged with selling methamphetamine and cannabis was this week convicted and fined $1800.
Sam Schreuder, 22, formerly of Merrivale Drive, Warrnambool, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to trafficking both methamphetamine and cannabis and possessing ecstasy.
Police executed a search warrant at Schreuder’s home on September 6. He attempted to lock police out but they forced their way in.
Inside they found two small zip-lock bags containing ice (methamphetamine), three ecstasy tablets (amphetamine), one gram of cannabis and $420 in cash.
Schreuder admitted to police during an interview that he had sold cannabis for a year and on the long weekend of the Port Fairy Folk Festival bought cannabis for $1700 and sold it to friends.
Defence counsel Matt Senia said his client sold the drugs to mainly fund his own use.
He said Schreuder had nine siblings and was brought up in a strict and religious family in Mildura. He said being caught had been a huge wake-up call for his client, who had returned to Mildura to live with his grandmother.
Mr Senia said Schreuder had got involved with the wrong crowd in Warrnambool, had no prior offences and the dealing was low-level.
In a submission on sentencing, police prosecutor Senior Constable Paul Harris said ice was having a horrific impact on the community. He said jails were full due to the drug and the starting point for those who trafficked methamphetamine should be an immediate jail sentence.
Magistrate Ann McGarvie said ice made users extraordinarily violent and aggressive and the desire for the drug caused an enormous amount of crime.