A Warrnambool man who hid drugs down his pants and in his bum has been ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid community work.
Leigh Coomber, 37, of McMeekin Road, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to trafficking and possessing methylamphetamine, possessing cannabis and possessing proceeds of crime.
He was placed on a 12-month community corrections order with conditions he do 120 hours of community work, drug treatment and offending behaviour programs.
Lawyer Jack Rabl said Coomber was not running a sophisticated business but using drugs in a social setting.
He said Coomber’s drug addiction sparked from a marriage break down and the subsequent loss of his family.
Mr Rabl said Coomber had showed positive signs of rehabilitation while on bail and under the Court Integrated Services Program.
On July 19 2018, Coomber was the passenger in a vehicle intercepted by police in Heywood about 12.30am. A search of the car revealed a set of digital scales and other drug paraphernalia.
Coomber and the driver were asked to exit the vehicle. A pat down search located another set of digital scales and a small amount of cannabis in Coomber’s pants.
He was arrested and placed in the back of a divisional van. While en route to the police station, officers observed Coomber removing a zip lock bag from his underwear containing 0.23 grams of ice. A further search at the station located 3.7 grams hidden inside his bum and $590 cash in his wallet.
Police said a number of drug-related text messages were also found on Coomber’s phone.
Mr Rabl said the drugs were not separated for selling and that Coomber used the scales for personal use.
He said the text messaged involved general conversation about drugs.
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