A Hamilton district man has spent two nights in the Warrnambool police station cells after two zip lock bags of drugs fell from his underpants during a police search.
Karl Dreher, 45, of Merino, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Tuesday to three counts of possessing drugs and two weapons offences.
He was arrested on August 11 after Hamilton police officers intercepted him driving a white Holden Rodeo on Hamilton Place about 2am.
Dreher appeared drug affected and nervous and was in close proximity to a known drug dealer's house, the court was told.
Police located in the vehicle a 38-centimetre long wooden club and a cast iron fence picket.
Dreher told police his dog used the club as a chew toy and the fence picket was taken from a cemetery for restoration.
During the police search, Dreher removed a small quantity of cannabis from his right sock.
He was conveyed to Hamilton police station where a further search revealed two zip lock bags in his underwear. One contained .6 gram of a white crystal substance and the other a .5 gram of a brown substance.
Dreher told police they were ice and ecstasy.
At the time of the offending, Dreher was on two community corrections orders for breaching an intervention order.
Lawyer Pat McComish said there was "nothing sinister" about the alleged weapons found in his client's vehicle.
He said Dreher was a qualified carpenter, a home owner and was set to start sheering work in the coming weeks.
But, the lawyer said Dreher had a history of drug use and related offending that dated back to the 1990s.
"The elephant in the room is the drugs," he said.
"I don't know why there has not been a (corrections order) condition that he undergo drug and alcohol counselling because he clearly requires it."
Magistrate Mark Stratmann said Dreher's criminal history was concerning but there were some gaps in his offending.
"That gives me some ground for optimism," he said.
Dreher was convicted, fined $1500 and his community corrections order was varied to include conditions, including he be under supervision and undergo assessment and treatment for alcohol abuse, drug dependence and mental health.
That order will run for 12 months.
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