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Drugs + gun = jail

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January 12, 2017

A man police found with methamphetamine and a sawn-off shotgun in his car has been sent to prison.

A man police found with methamphetamine and a sawn-off shotgun in his car has been sent to prison and warned to change his ways.

David Mark Lock-Geraghty, 31, faced Shepparton Magistrates’ Court yesterday for sentencing for a range of charges, including possession of drugs and a weapon.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Chris Cole said police stopped Geraghty in June last year when they found some interesting items throughout the car, including a sawn-off shotgun and a metal bar.

‘‘Further searches located 9.9g of methamphetamine, and also in a sunglasses case were dozens of zip-lock bags,’’ Const Cole said.

Police also found two mobile phones and more than $400 in his pockets.

Defence solicitor Anthony Coote said his client was a family man with a good record, but had fallen off the tracks due to ice. ‘‘There are difficulties he has had with overcoming that,’’ Mr Coote said.

‘‘At his age he is at a turning point in his life for where he wants to go.

‘‘If he gets back in to drug use, I don’t think there will be many opportunities for him.’’

Magistrate Lance Martin noted that he had a good work history and a limited criminal record.

But he was concerned about the weapons found in his vehicle and said ‘‘one can only infer that you were heavily armed in case there was trouble with drug gangs.’’

‘‘It’s clear you have struggled with drugs issues,’’ Mr Martin said.

Geraghty was sentenced to four months in prison, and placed on a criminal corrections order for a further 12 months and his licence was disqualified for four months.

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