Ice dealer on suspended jail sentence

A HUNTLY man who trafficked and used the drug ice has been warned he has one chance to avoid jail.

Jason Stafrace was this week handed a nine-month prison sentence, wholly suspended for two years, for charges of trafficking and using methamphetamine.

Detectives uncovered a supply of methamphetamine, commonly known as ice, as well as a traffickable amount of cannabis in Stafrace's Huntly home on January 9 this year.

It's a horrible, seedy drug. The community hates it. - Robert Kumar

The Bendigo Magistrates' Court heard Stafrace had been buying between $700 and $800 worth of ice each week.

Police seized a number of power tools and chainsaws in the raid on his home. Stafrace admitted he had received the items as payments for drugs.

Prosecuting Sergeant David Somerton said Stafrace had been trafficking drugs in exchange for tools since November 2012.

Police arrested him again on May 10 this year for driving on a suspended licence.

Sergeant Somerton said more than 50 rounds of ammunition were retrieved from Stafrace's car, as well as five grams of methamphetamine.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Robert Kumar said the trafficking of ice wreaked misery on the community.

He said if Stafrace had not pleaded guilty he would have faced an immediate nine-month prison sentence.

"It's a horrible, seedy drug," he said.

"The community hates it. You've got this one chance to avoid prison."

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