A burglary suspect has been caught attempting to conceal nearly six grams of ice in his anus while en route to the police station in the back of a divi van.
Grant Gibson, 34, of Rundell Avenue, Portland, appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday where he made a self-represented bail application.
Police allege that on May 15, Mr Gibson entered the Premix King bottle shop on Portland's Percy Street between 1.50pm and 2.05pm.
He was observed on CCTV entering the fridge area and fumbling in his pockets. A deal bag containing one gram of ice fell out of the accused's pocket and onto the ground. The deal bag was located by a store employee who reported the incident to police.
Then on May 17, Mr Gibson was observed walking on Oswald Street at 11.48pm. He was wearing a black hooded jumper and a black cap and was holding a long neck stubby.
When police approached Mr Gibson he allegedly threw a large black and silver item over the fence.
Mr Gibson was detained and searched under grounds of suspicion. Police located a bong, a glass pipe and other drug paraphernalia in his pocket.
An officer found the item the accused had thrown over the fence. Police said it was a bag full of jewellery. Mr Gibson told police it was his girlfriend's but later changed his story, leading officers to believe the items were stolen or possible proceeds of crime from recent burglaries in Portland.
Mr Gibson was transported to the Portland police station in the back of a divisional van. During the journey officers observed him trying to secure something inside his anus.
Police said a search of Mr Gibson later revealed a small bag containing 5.91 grams of methyl amphetamine.
Mr Gibson was charged with trafficking nearly seven grams of ice, which included the one gram found at the bottle shop.
At the time of the alleged offending, Mr Gibson was on a 16-month community corrections order for bail-related offences.
He told the court the drugs were for his own use, that he had a drug problem and needed to go to rehab.
Magistrate Mark Stratmann said Mr Gibson had failed to show exceptional circumstances why he should be released on bail and remanded him in custody until July 8.
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