A MAIDEN GULLY man who was allegedly found with drugs and a stolen boat worth $30,000 has been denied bail.
Joshua Williams, 32, appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court earlier this week after he was charged with offences including trafficking a drug of dependence and handling stolen goods.
The court heard police executed a search warrant at Mr Williams' Maiden Gully property on April 9 this year.
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Officers allegedly found several stolen items, including a $4000 Land Rover Discovery, a $30,000 speed boat and trailer, and registration plates.
The court heard police also seized two grams of methamphetamine, 30ml of the drug GHB, scales, clear ziplock bags, and a notebook containing transaction details.
Mr Williams provided his mobile phone to police during the search, but police alleged he did not give officers the correct passcode.
During his record of interview, Mr Williams told police he had been working on the Land Rover for a friend and that he didn't know anything about the other items found at his property.
Defence lawyer Nicholas Rolfe told the court Mr Williams worked as a bush mechanic and the notebook contained details of the money he was owed for his work.
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Mr Rolfe said his client thought he gave the correct phone passcode to officers and understood the boat was not an outstanding stolen item.
The defence lawyer said the drug trafficking charge was based on circumstantial evidence and the prosecution's case was "not overwhelming".
Mr Rolfe said Mr Williams was willing to follow a set of stringent bail conditions if released from custody.
But Magistrate Russell Kelly said those conditions were not enough to ameliorate risk. Mr Kelly said with Mr Williams' prior convictions, he could be looking at time in prison for the charges.
The magistrate refused the application for bail and Mr Williams was remanded in custody. He is due to return to court next month.
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