A Mooroopna man found with less than a gram of methylamphetamine in his car while on bail has been released from custody after being remanded for seven weeks.
Baden Young, 32, was arrested in March following reports a vehicle was being driven erratically on McLennan St, Mooroopna.
Shepparton police Prosecutor Les Oroszvary told the Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday the accused was intercepted at SPC Kidstown on March 23.
‘‘The informant had a conversation with the accused and saw an ice pipe and a handful of deal bags,’’ he said.
‘‘In the footwell was a small black case where police found a white crystal substance.’’
Mr Young accompanied police back to the Shepparton Police Station but made no comment during an interview when asked about the drugs.
Analysis of the drugs later found the substance to be .77 grams of methylamphetamine.
Defence lawyer Chris Terry submitted to the court that seven weeks in custody plus a financial penalty would be sufficient punishment.
‘‘He has been battling an addiction since his mid-20s,’’ Mr Terry told the court.
‘‘He is someone who, in contrast to others, has previously made concerted efforts to beat his addiction.’’
The court heard how the accused had previously attended Toolamba Aboriginal drug rehabilitation centre, Yitjawudik, between July and November last year.
‘‘Mr Young was an exceptional resident, his attitude and effort to remain abstinent from drugs was very good,’’ Mr Terry told the court.
‘‘He started working and driving for a transport company and held that employment until after the Christmas period.
‘‘Work dried up and he found himself unemployed, he relapsed into methylamphetamine use.’’
Mr Terry submitted that his client would use the network around him to stay clean and intended to get a job.
Prosecutor Oroszvary argued the accused had ‘‘the runs on the board in terms of a shocking history’’.
Magistrate Peter Mithen said methylamphetamine use and a heavy vehicle rigid licence was a ‘‘recipe for disaster’’.
‘‘It seems to me at the first sign of adversity after a terrific rehabilitation, you relapsed,’’ he said.
‘‘I know it’s not easy, it’ll be the hardest thing you’ll ever do in your life. Ice is not helpful, it’s the worst drug going around and it’ll take your life away.’’
Magistrate Mithen agreed seven weeks in custody was punishment enough and imposed a fine of $1000.
‘‘You’ve got a network around you, professionals and family members, so plug into them and talk to them,’’ he said.