A MAGISTRATE has told a Maiden Gully drug trafficker that this is his "last chance" to avoid a lengthy jail term.
Joshua Williams, 32, appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to charges including trafficking a drug of dependence and failing an oral fluid test.
The court heard police executed a search warrant at Williams' Maiden Gully home on April 9 this year.
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Officers found outstanding stolen items, including a $4000 Land Rover Discovery, a DigiTrak underground locator, and registration plates.
In Williams' bedroom, police also located two ziplock bags containing a total of two grams of methamphetamine, a clear container with 30ml of the drug GHB, scales, clear ziplock bags, and a notebook detailing transactions.
Officers seized Williams' mobile phone but he provided the wrong passcode to detectives.
The court heard police searched Williams' bank statements, which showed a number of payments that reflected the details in the notebook.
A later search of his phone also showed messages relating to drug trafficking.
During his record of interview, Williams told police that he had been working on the Land Rover for someone else and that the locater had been left at his property by another person.
He made no comment in relation to the drug trafficking allegations.
Williams on Tuesday also pleaded guilty to driving unregistered vehicles in January and February.
On the second occasion, he also underwent an oral fluid test which showed the presence of methamphetamine in his system.
Defence lawyer Nicholas Rolfe told the court Williams had been a "low-level supplier" who had been dealing drugs to people who were already using illicit substances.
Mr Rolfe said Williams did not have a large-scale drug trafficking operation and he was only found with small quantities of drugs.
The defence lawyer said Williams had already spent 102 days in custody, so a combination sentence of time served and a community corrections order would be within range.
Magistrate Russell Kelly agreed that sentence would be appropriate.
But Mr Kelly warned Williams it was his "last chance" to receive a small jail term and a corrections order.
The magistrate said given Williams' prior convictions, he would be looking at 12 months in jail if he fronted court again on drug trafficking charges.
The magistrate adjourned the matter so Williams could be assessed for a community corrections order.
Williams was remanded in custody and is due to return to the Bendigo Magistrates' Court next month.
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