Drug trafficker jailed for 10 days

A man avoids more jail time for stolen goods and drug trafficking charges.

A man avoids more jail time for stolen goods and drug trafficking charges.

A confessed drug addict who pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and receiving $40,000 in stolen goods has avoided a longer jail sentence.

Benjamin Griffin, 26, was sentenced to 10 days’ jail at the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Wednesday, but he has already served the time in jail.

Magistrate Ronald Saines also sentenced Griffin to an 18-month community corrections order with 200 hours of unpaid community work and suspended his driver’s licence for three months.

Police were told in November stolen goods, including two go karts on trailers and $40,000 of tools, were at Griffin’s property between Snake Valley and Smythesdale.

He took police to where he had stored a stolen car delivered to his property. Griffin claimed friends had delivered them and he did not know they were stolen.

In another incident, police found a coded lock box that contained snap lock bags for ice in Griffin’s backpack.

He pleaded guilty to a litany of charges, including firearms and driving offences.