A CAMPERDOWN drug-user caught trafficking in a police raid has been told if he fails to comply with his corrections orders he will be jailed.
Benjamin Arundell, 28, of McAlpine Court, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court last week to 14 charges including trafficking drugs.
This week he was assessed and found suitable to do a CCO despite currently being on such an order and recently failing to engage with Office Of Corrections staff.
Magistrate Cynthia Toose told Arundell he had avoided serving a jail sentence by the narrowest of margins after pleading guilty to a number of serious offences.
She placed him on a 12-month CCO with the conditions he do 200 hours of community work, address drug and alcohol issues and offender programs as requested.
The magistrate said Arundell’s compliance with an existing CCO had not been good and she warned him that he was the only person who could rectify that situation.
“If you do not comply with these two orders you will be virtually sentencing yourself to a term of imrisonment,” she said.
“If you breach either order you are on a fast track to jail. It’s up to you,” Ms Toose said.
Arundell's partner Ashlee Sharp, 21, of the same address, pleaded guilty to three charges and was not convicted and fined $2000.
Police said that on April 4 officers went to McAlpine Court with a search warrant.
They found 3.6 grams of ice, half a gram of speed, half a gram of heroin, 76g of cannabis, 11 capsules of cannabis oil, four capsules of Viagra, $350 in cash as well as two sets of scales, prescription medication, deal bags, two mobile phones and a cannabis plant.
Arundell admitted possession of the drugs and said he sold a small amount to cover the cost of his own use.
He was also the owner of a Holden Commodore which evaded police on March 7 and refused to nominate who was driving.
Arundell also declined to unlock his mobile phones, saying: "It's my phone, it's my business.”
He was also picked up for driving while disqualified under the influence of ice on February 2 in an unroadworthy vehicle.
Sharp admitted growing the cannabis plant and possessing an imitation firearm which was previously owned by a family member who had passed away.
Arundell's solicitor Rob Morgan said his client accepted the sheer stupidity of his behaviour, he had pleaded guilty and admitted selling a modest amount of drugs to a friend.
"There's no evidence of wide scale trafficking," he said.
Mr Morgan said Arundell had an issue with ice, was trafficking to support his habit and those transactions could be described as "street level".
"He was not living the high life," Mr Morgan said.
"He has not been in trouble since April, he has a poor criminal and driving history and knows he has to pull his head in.”