Bendigo man admits ice trafficking charges

A man has pleaded guilty to trafficking $40,000 of methamphetamine, the drug commonly known as ice, into Bendigo.

Stuart John Ridge, 39 of Bendigo, entered his plea at the County Court in Melbourne yesterday.

He faces two counts of trafficking a drug of dependence, three counts of possessing a drug of dependence and one count of using amphetamine.

Due to their seriousness, the charges were heard in the County Court after a committal mention in the Bendigo Magistrates Court in June.

At that committal, the court heard that between September 7 and November 25 last year, Ridge and a co-accused had trafficked ice into Bendigo.

Ridge’s co-accused would source the drug from Melbourne, return to Bendigo and supply a quantity to Ridge, who would then sell it on.

An ounce of ice would be sourced from Melbourne two or three times per week.

Police believe about $40,000 had passed hands between September 7 and November 25 last year.

OPP prosecutor John Ekegren said it was a serious example of drug trafficking.

“Ice is a particularly dangerous drug and that goes towards the seriousness of this matter,” he said.

Judge Eizabeth Gaynor adjourned the case for sentencing on November 26.

Ridge was remanded in custody until that date.

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