Man held in custody after drug raid

A MAN faced court yesterday charged with a range of drugs and weapons offences, after police raided his home on Wednesday afternoon.

The man, who The Courier cannot name for legal reasons, was arrested after federal and local police executed two drug and firearm search warrants just before 1pm. Police allegedly found amphetamines in the bungalow, ecstasy in the garage roof and “kilograms” of ecstasy under roof tiles. More than 12,000 ecstasy tablets were allegedly seized in the raid, which police say has a conservative street value of $240,000.

The Courier watched on Wednesday as members of the AFP and local police conducted a thorough search of the property, including the home’s roof cavity.

Members from the AFP, Ballarat’s divisional response unit, Ballarat police and the crime department all participated in executing the search warrants.

Court documents reveal a .25 Colt semi-automatic loaded handgun was also allegedly found inside the property on Wednesday.

Magistrate Peter Couzens remanded the man in custody for him to re-appear for a committal mention on April 11.