A SEBASTOPOL man, allegedly caught with a large amount of the drug ice, was yesterday released on bail after a family member posted a $10,000 surety.
Damian Charles Wilkinson, 27, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court where he faced a string of offences, including trafficking ice, possessing ice and using ice.
The court heard Wilkinson was arrested late on Sunday when police intercepted the car he was driving in Pleasant Street.
After noticing various drug paraphernalia on the front seat of the car, police searched the car, allegedly finding an estimated $15,000 worth of the drug ice.
A police informant opposing Wilkinson’s bail told the court that a green bag on the rear floor of Wilkinson’s car allegedly contained about 15 grams of ice, scales and deal bags.
The informant said Wilkinson was a flight risk if released on bail in that he worked in the mines in Western Australia and could flee.
Wilkinson’s defence lawyer, Mike Wardell, said his client had no drug-related criminal history and that he had not worked in Western Australia for two months.
Mr Wardell added that sometimes drug users possessed scales in order to weigh drugs they had bought.
“I have never heard of that,” replied the police informant.
Magistrate Gerard Lethbridge approved Wilkinson’s bail with a string of strict conditions, including the $10,000 surety.