Accused drug trafficker refused bail in Ballarat Magistrates Court

POLICE searches discovered more than four kilograms of cannabis inside a Delacombe man’s home he shared with his partner and children, a court has heard. 

Phillip Holt, 31, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court yesterday, where he was refused bail. 

The court heard Holt admitted to trafficking cannabis after two police searches of his home uncovered large amounts of the drug. 

Opposing Holt’s bail application, Ballarat police Constable Andrew Barnes said police found 550 grams of cannabis in the master bedroom of Holt’s home on August 30 last year. 

Constable Barnes said police also confiscated a mobile phone that showed evidence of cannabis trafficking. 

The court heard police searched Holt’s home again on November 21 last year, this time finding 3.5 kilograms of cannabis. 

Holt is charged with a raft of offences, including drug trafficking, drug possession and driving while disqualified. 

The court heard Holt was caught driving by police on December 12 last year, with police allegedly searching his car and finding a pocket knife, a 20-centimetre kitchen knife and a box cutter. 

Constable Barnes said Holt had “no regard” for bail conditions and had failed to answer his bail four times in the past. 

Representing himself, Holt said he needed bail in order to attend a drug treatment appointment in Melbourne today. 

Magistrate Michelle Hodgson refused Holt’s application, adding he had “reached the end of the line as far as bail is concerned”.

Holt was remanded and will re-appear in Ballarat Magistrates Court at a date to be fixed.

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