AN ELPHINSTONE man says he was going to get a burger when he was stopped by police and charged with drug trafficking.
Ray Schembri, 42, is accused of 15 counts of trafficking and possession of unlicensed firearms and proceeds of crime.
The Bendigo Magistrates Court heard Schembri and another man were driving through Murphy Street, Kennington about 4am Tuesday when their car was intercepted by police. One ounce of cannabis was seized from the vehicle.
Schembri was searched and found to have four grams of the drug ice in a container in his underwear.
The container also had multiple plastic ‘deal bags’, and a small plastic straw fashioned into a scoop.
A raid on Schembri’s Elphinstone home Tuesday morning uncovered a haul of drugs worth an estimated $20,000 in street value.
Initial tests confirmed the drug collection contained 666 grams of cannabis and 38.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine. Police also seized an imitation unlicensed firearm, a prohibited Taser weapon, capsicum spray and $5900 in cash, suspected to be proceeds of crime.
Schembri represented himself in court in a bail application on Wednesday and argued he was not trafficking drugs.
“I was going to get a burger and happened to be pulled over,” the father-of-three said.
He said he was unsure who owned the drugs seized at his home.
Schembri was ordered to find $100,000 in surety to secure his bail. He told the court his father would provide the money.
Magistrate Gerard Lethbridge
believed Schembri was an unacceptable risk