AN Italian man who allegedly tried to run away from police at the Rainbow Serpent Festival was found with more than 190 grams of illicit drugs and almost $9000, a court had heard.
Alessando Vaia, 32, appeared at the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Monday morning charged with a string of drug offences including trafficking drugs of dependence.
Vaia was wearing a black bum bag and communicating with somebody via a walkie talkie radio, when he was spotted by police at the festival in Lexton just before 9.30pm on Saturday night, the court heard.
Police informant Senior Constable Kate Porter told the court when police approached Vaia he fled, throwing another red bag he held in his hands on the ground as he ran away.
Senior Constable Porter told the court Vaia was in possession of more than 180 grams of illicit drugs including more than 73 grams of MDMA, made up of 146 capsules and multiple bags of powder.
The court also heard he allegedly had in his possession 26 grams of cocaine, 63.8 grams ketamine, almost 19 grams of Amphetamine, one LSD tab and a small quantity of meth-amphetamine.
Inside Vaia’s tent police allegedly found a mobile phone, a small set of scales and empty pill capsules.
Vaia admitted to trafficking the drugs at the event and told police he purchased the assortment of drugs last Thursday evening at the event, paying $10,000 for the substances, the court heard.
The court was told Vaia has been in Australia since 2013.
He told the court he had spent all his money on the drugs after being told by a friend he could make more than $80,000 in a weekend.
Ballarat magistrate Michelle Hodgson refused bail for Vaia deeming him a flight risk as he could not locate his passport to surrender it to police.
She ordered him to reappear on February 18.
Police also caught and charged two French nationals Ilias Douis and Jeremy Granier for drug trafficking at the festival.
The men were remanded in custody and made no application for bail.
They will reappear on February 11.
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