AN EAGLEHAWK drug trafficker has received a community corrections order after he was found with drugs and weapons during an anti-bikie taskforce raid.
Troy Cain, 37, appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to 13 charges including trafficking methamphetamine and possessing a prohibited weapon.
His partner Nikaela Wilson, 33, also fronted court and pleaded guilty to nine charges, including possessing more than 10ml of the drug GHB.
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The court heard members of the Echo Taskforce raided Cain's Eaglehawk home on September 4 last year.
Cain, Wilson, and their children were at the property at the time.
Throughout the house, the detectives found items including stolen registration plates, drug paraphernalia, tick sheets, scales, $4150 in cash, a tomahawk, a machete and a hunting knife.
The officers also found $600 in cash, a tick sheet, an extendable baton, and a baseball bat in the red Toyota parked at the property.
Cain's mobile phone was seized, although he did not provide his passcode to police.
Cain was arrested and taken to the Bendigo Police Station for questioning.
He replied with "no comment" in relation to the drug trafficking allegations and told police he received the cash after selling his boat.
Cain, on Wednesday, also pleaded guilty to driving incidents from 2019.
The court heard on April 30 of that year, police were searching for another offender in the Bendigo area after he fled from officers.
Cain - a friend of the offender - was seen driving in the area with false West Australian number plates.
When police tried to pull Cain over, the 37-year-old accelerated away and crossed into the wrong lane of traffic.
Defence lawyer Paul Tomlinson told the court Cain developed a drug addiction about five years ago after his brother died.
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Mr Tomlinson said Cain was not involved in "high-end drug trafficking" and was instead only dealing drugs to support his addiction.
The defence lawyer said Cain had been clean from drugs for the past two months and he had not reoffended while on bail for these charges.
Mr Tomlinson submitted a community corrections order with unpaid work would be an appropriate sentence, as it would provide Cain structure through his rehabilitation.
The defence lawyer also submitted that a corrections order would also be appropriate for Wilson.
Magistrate Megan Aumair said it appeared Cain was on the "right track" as it had been a "considerable time" since he offended.
Ms Aumair said drug trafficking was a "scourge on the society" and it was important Cain remained abstinent from drugs.
The magistrate convicted and sentenced Cain to an 18-month community corrections order with 150 hours of unpaid community work.
He will also complete drug abuse treatment, supervision, and offence-specific programs as part of the order.
Cain's licence was cancelled and he was disqualified from driving for four months.
If he did not plead guilty, Cain would have been jailed for six months and received a 12-month corrections order.
Ms Aumair also sentenced Wilson to a 12-month community corrections order, with supervision, offence-specific programs, and drug abuse treatment.
If Wilson had not pleaded guilty, she would have received an 18-month corrections order with 100 hours of unpaid community work.
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