A 29-year-old man has escaped a jail sentence for selling drugs to people in exchange for household goods.
Police executed a search warrant at Aaron Przybylski's Bacchus Marsh house on July 9 after obtaining information he was involved in an online selling site.
The search uncovered 0.8 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, $150 cash and a wallet and driver's licence belonging to another person.
Police located a number of household goods, including an oven, sinks, vanity unit, tapware, toilet and hot water boost systems.
The Ballarat Magistrates Court was told on Wednesday these household items were stolen from two houses under construction and one occuppied house in Maddingley in June and July.
Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Steve Kent said Przybylski told police during an interview he used the drug ice multiple times a week and the scales were to weigh how much he was using.
"He said he used to deal a fair bit but sometimes accepted property in exchange for drugs. He said three points of ice was exchanged for a mobile telephone," Leading Senior Prosecutor Kent said.
Przybylski told police he denied the burglaries and "always found heaps of cool stuff in bins".
"He said he found most of the stuff in bins and described it as dumpster diving," the prosecutor said.
Przybylski admitted to police he sold items online to make money.
Defence lawyer Vincent Vu said his client admitted he was a drug user and committed the offences for this purpose.
He said Przybylski had limited offending in the past four years and the current offending was not alleged to have occurred over a long period of time.
Magistrate Ross Betts said Przybylski had a prior offence for trafficking drugs.
"He is running a business here. He is trafficking drugs ... instead of taking money for drugs he is taking stolen items," Mr Betts said.
In sentencing, the magistrate told Przybylski drug trafficking was a serious criminal offence and he would be jailed if he did it again.
Przybylski was handed a 24-month supervised community corrections order with 140 hours of unpaid community work.
He will be required to complete drug and mental health programs.
Przybylski, who was on remand, pleaded guilty to 17 charges including trafficking methamphetamine.
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