A drug trafficker will serve no further time in prison, after a judge determined the man had reasonably good prospects of rehabilitation.
Kangaroo Flat resident Dallas Kaine Ferguson, 37, pleaded guilty in the County Court to trafficking methamphetamine, possessing cannabis and dealing with the proceeds of crime.
Ferguson was one of the targets of a major drug investigation in the Mallee in late 2017.
He was pulled over by police in December that year while travelling south from Mildura with two other people of interest to the investigation.
In the car, police found three sandwich-sized ziplock bags containing a total of 96.6 grams of methamphetamine, with a purity of 72 grams.
Ferguson also had $1455 in cash, and a later search of his property revealed 24.3 grams of cannabis, although it was accepted this was not for sale.
The two other people in the vehicle have since pleaded guilty and been sentenced after they too were arrested for drug offences.
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Judge Trevor Wraight said it was "trite to say that the use of methylamphetamine causes significant harm to individuals and communities".
"It is an insidious drug that destroys lives and encourages illegal activity related to the supply and use of the drug," Judge Wraight said.
"You perpetuated that illegal activity and contributed to its ongoing use in a regional Victorian community."
The judge noted Ferguson's history of drug use extended back to his teens, and he had a serious addiction at the time of his arrest.
Ferguson spent nine months in custody after his arrest and undertook courses during this time.
He also successfully completed a community corrections order in relation to drug possession last year.
Judge Wraight said Ferguson pleaded guilty at an early opportunity, and noted there had been a delay of 29 months since his offending.
He said the nine months Ferguson spent in custody weighed heavily on him, as in that time he was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo surgery and chemotherapy.
Ferguson had remained drug-free for a sustained period of time, Judge Wraight said, actively continued his rehabilitation and joined the workforce.
Judge Wraight sentenced Ferguson to 272 days' imprisonment, which he had already served, as well as a $1500 fine.
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