A BENDIGO drug trafficker will appeal his jail term after he admitted to dealing methamphetamine to his friends.
Shane Keely, 27, appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to using and trafficking methamphetamine.
The court heard about 1.45am on October 1 last year, Keely was driving a Holden Commodore in Spring Gully with two passengers when he was intercepted by police.
Officers saw a bong in the vehicle and searched the car. They found 70ml of the drug GHB and cash concealed in a hidden compartment.
Police also seized Keely's phone and found a series of messages, which showed he sold the drug ice to three people.
Keely was arrested and taken to the Bendigo Police Station for questioning. He denied any knowledge of the cash or GHB, but admitted to smoking two points of ice a day earlier.
Keely also told police he sold drugs to his friends on occasion.
Defence lawyer Deniz Yildirim told the court Keely had started using drugs as a teenager and became addicted to methamphetamine at 19.
Mr Yildirim said Keely stopped using drugs after his arrest and had instead turned his life around, with new employment and no further offending in the past year.
The defence lawyer submitted that while a jail term was within range, a community corrections order would be an appropriate sentence.
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But Magistrate Alan Spillane said Keely had run out of opportunities on corrections orders.
Mr Spillane said he accepted Keely did not receive a financial profit through the "totally amateurish escapade" of trafficking ice.
But the magistrate said Keely should receive a short jail term as a lesson for the "appalling" offending.
"Maybe that will knock some sense into his stupid head," Mr Spillane said. "You have made your bed and now you need to sleep in it."
Keely was convicted and jailed for 21 days. He was also fined $150.
Mr Yildirim told the court Keely would appeal the sentence and the 27-year-old was granted appeal bail.
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