A Warrnambool man has been jailed for four months after he broke into a dog wash and admitted to being a middle-man drug dealer.
Daniel Byrne, 30, of Kiama Avenue, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday to burglary, theft, trafficking methamphetamine and breaching a court order.
He was arrested on Friday after police executed a warrant at a Warrnambool address.
Lawyer Kyle Eccles said Byrne was homeless at the time of the offending.
He urged the magistrate to consider a therapeutic corrections order, stating his client had an acquired brain injury after a car crash in 2009, was willing to engage in rehabilitation and undergo random drug screens.
But magistrate Franz Holzer said Byrne had already had too many opportunities on corrections orders.
The man was previously placed on a nine-month corrections order for drug-related offending.
"He is still a relatively young man but the only appropriate sentence is a term of imprisonment," the magistrate said.
Byrne was jailed for four months with four days already served in custody on remand.
On October 6, Byrne and an unknown co-accused attended Trublu Dog Wash in Warrnambool's Caramut Road at 12.40am.
The pair were heavily disguised and organised, bringing an oxy blow torch and blow cutters to heat locks and get into a coin machine.
Between $200 and $500 was taken from the dog wash.
Police reviewed security camera footage, obtained a warrant and went to the man's partner house on Friday.
Police located at the property a number of items of clothing worn in the burglary.
Byrne was at the house, despite a court order preventing him from remaining within 50 metres of it.
Evidence of drug trafficking was also found on his mobile phone.
He told police he began working as a middle-man for drug dealers in order to support his own drug habit.
He said he drove to Melbourne one to two times per week to purchase between one and three ounces of methamphetamine.
The drugs were brought back to Warrnambool and further distributed, he told police.
Byrne also pleaded guilty to driving with ice in his system on February 2. His licence was disqualified for six months.
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