No bail for drug dealer after guilty plea
Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to three counts of both handling stolen goods and possessing the proceeds of crime, as well as single counts of theft, possessing ice (methamphetamine) and using amphetamine.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said it was clear Pitman was enmeshed in the region’s criminal community and remanded him in custody until a plea hearing on December 10.
Police executed a search warrant at Pitman’s home on October 30, when it is alleged they found one gram of methamphetamine (ice), three zip lock bags containing drug residue, smoking pipes, 10 Diazepam tablets and a large number of tools in a garage.
Those tools included items police have identified as be hermes uk ing stolen.
The court heard that on June 6 Hamilton police executed a search warrant at the same address where a safe, mag wheels and Australian and foreign currency were found.
Pitman also appeared in the Geelong Magistrates Court on September 27 where he received a six month jail sentence for traf hermes uk ficking amphetamine and other offences.
He has appealed against the severity of that sentence and was released on appeal bail with a $1000 surety.
In opposing bail police prosecutor Senior Constable Paul Harris said Pitman had not changed his habits since being convicted of trafficking cannabis last year and ice this year.
He said Mr Pitman’s wife was also drug tested by police when she was driving in Hamilton on October 30 and found to be under the influence of drugs.
Hamilton police Detective S hermes uk ergeant Mark James told the court officers executed a search warrant at Pitman’s mother’s property on Wednesday this week and seized a number of items.
Police inquiries into those items are continuing and it’s hoped the investigation will be finalised before the December 10 court date.
Detective Serge hermes uk ant James said items found in Pitman’s possession include a chainsaw stolen in Warrnambool during July 2011 in a $15,000 burglary and a brushcutter stolen during a burglary near Ararat in November last year.
He said ammunition was among the items seized in Pitman’s mother’s shed.
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