A Glenfyne drug dealer caught driving without a licence and with drugs, weapons and burglary-related tools in his car has been jailed for 70 days.
Paul Pitman, 26, of Cobden-Warrnambool Road, Glenfyne, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to drug trafficking and other charges, including theft and driving offences.
Magistrate Franz Holzer said Pitman's behaviour needed to be "stamped out".
"In the south-west we don't want drug trafficking and the horrific toll it takes on the community," he said.
"Drug trafficking is concerning to the court and the community. It needs to be denounced. This sort of behaviour is not going to occur on my watch or in this region, or any other region."
Pitman will start a 12-month community corrections order upon his release, with conditions he do 100 hours of unpaid community work and undergo treatment for his drug addiction.
The court heard between January and March this year, Pitman stole fuel from a Hamilton service station and a security camera system worth $599 from Warrnambool's Bunnings Warehouse.
During that time he was located at Reid Oval with a white Toyota Lexcen bearing registration plates stolen from a Botanic Road property in 2018.
The vehicle had a blown rear left tyre. Pitman did not have a driver's licence.
Police activated their lights and Pitman and an unknown male ran from the vehicle.
A foot pursuit began and Pitman was caught, placed under arrest and conveyed to Warrnambool police station.
A search of the vehicle uncovered gloves, wire cutters, screw drivers, pliers and hammers - items commonly used during burglary-type offending.
Pitman was interviewed, charged and released on bail with conditions, including he abide by 6pm to 7am curfew.
But he breached his curfew on April 2 and again on May 18 when he was intercepted at a Colac service station at 1.45am.
He was found in possession of a flick pocket knife, butterfly knife and a small amount of methamphetamine.
Then on September 17, he was the passenger in a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe wagon intercepted by police about 2.50pm.
The co-accused, Jesse James, was nervous in police presence and the vehicle was subsequently searched.
Officers uncovered a blue sports bag containing methamphetamine and GHB, a quantity of resealable bags and a set of digital scales.
The pair was arrested and conveyed to Warrnambool police station, where Pitman told police he had drugs hidden "between my arse cheeks". He removed a zip lock bag containing an unknown quantity of ice.
A search of his mobile phone revealed Facebook messages arranging to sell methamphetamine between 11.20am and 4pm that day.
The search of the vehicle led to the execution of a search warrant at James' property.
Located in bedroom was 15 grams of cannabis, with a street value of more than $1000, and 7.49 grams of ice, with a street value of more than $3000, and 585ml of GHB.
James was jailed for six months.
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