A Warrnambool man on bail for trafficking methamphetamine continued to sell drugs in order to pay off his own drug debt.
Bradley Gauchi, 32, of Selby Road, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to trafficking and possessing ice, cocaine, ecstasy and prescription medication as well as weapons offences and breaching bail.
He was arrested on September 13 last year after the Warrnambool police divisional tasking unit, crime investigation unit detectives and uniform officers executed a search warrant at his 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 syringe filled with GHB and prescription medication was also uncovered.
An analysis of Gauchi's mobile phone revealed evidence of drug trafficking, including a price list.
Following his arrest, Gauchi was interviewed, charged and bailed to appear in Warrnambool Magistrates Court in December.
But on October 5, he was arrested again after Warrnambool divisional tasking unit investigators randomly intercepted his car in Whites Road and uncovered drugs, $1130 in cash and knuckle dusters.
Gauchi appeared nervous in police presence.
Located in the boot of the vehicle was a cat bed with a plastic bag hidden inside which contained five grams of MDMA, about 11 grams of methamphetamine, a glass vial containing seven grams of cocaine, two Valium tablets, an ice pipe and digital scales.
Gauchi told police the $1130 cash was withdrawn from his TAB account that day.
He later admitted to selling drugs in order to pay off his own drug debt.
Gauchi has an extensive criminal history that includes being jailed, serving a parole period and being placed on a corrections order for similar offending.
Lawyer Xavier Farrelly said his client had spent 142 days in custody on remand - an experience he said was more onerous on Gauchi due to a health diagnosis and being held in protective custody.
Magistrate Ann McGarvie sentenced the man to time already served and released him on an 18-month corrections order with conditions, including he undergo programs for drug issues and mental health and judicial monitoring.
"I hope you can get back to doing well and get out of the drug scene completely," she said.
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