A Warrnambool drug trafficker was charged with dealing ice again after his home was raided by police in east Warrnambool early on Friday morning.
Acting Sergeant Elissa Smith, commanding officer of the Warrnambool police divisional tasking unit, led the execution of the search warrant backed by Warrnambool crime investigation unit detectives and Warrnambool uniform officers.
They raided a Selby Road home about 6.45am.
Officers found and seized about 14 grams of ice in the home with a street value of more than $5000.
An extendable baton, a small amount of GHB, cash alleged to be the proceeds of crime and prescription medication was also uncovered.
Bradley Gauchi, 32, was arrested, interviewed and charged with drug, weapon and bail offences.
He appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court late on Friday and made a self-represented bail application.
The court heard he had an extensive criminal history that included being jailed, serving a parole period and being placed on a corrections order for similar offending.
The order was ongoing at the time of the new offending.
Mr Gauchi told the court he had relapsed into drug use after Father's Day but had complied with both his parole period and corrections order.
"I'm an A student," he said.
He said the baton and some of the drugs did not belong to him.
Magistrate Mark Stratmann said the man had shown exceptional circumstances why he should be released from custody.
Those circumstances included having a stable residence, employment and ties to the community.
He said Mr Gauchi's positive progress on the corrections order showed he was not an unacceptable risk of re-offending and that there was an issue of delay while in custody.
The man was released on strict conditional bail until December 2.
The drug raid continued a busy few weeks for the Warrnambool police divisional tasking unit.
This week members assisted in busting a wool bale theft ring which led to the arrest of two men.
In recent weeks unit members arrested and charged a man with trafficking ice and allegedly catching him with drugs worth more than $50,000.
Another offender was charged with ramming a police van and a couple were processed for the possession and theft of firearms from a Tower Hill address.
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