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Man fined $200 for drugs possession

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February 21, 2018

Carmello Zerafa, 52, appeared in Echuca Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday where defence lawyer Kate Freshwater asked for a sentencing indication.

A KYABRAM man who was found with drugs on two separate occasions has been fined $200.

Carmello Zerafa, 52, appeared in Echuca Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday where defence lawyer Kate Freshwater asked for a sentencing indication.

He was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Snell told the court Zerafa was intercepted by police on July 6, 2017.

‘‘At 11.55pm police observed the accused driving on Allan St, Kyabram,’’ he said.

‘‘A search of the vehicle located a cylinder between the steering wheel and the speedo.

‘‘Inside was a ziplock bag with 1.27g of amphetamine.’’

The court heard Zerafa told police he had never seen it before and it was a communal car.

On July 27, 2017 police searched his Kyabram address.

‘‘The accused was present at the time,’’ Sergeant Snell said.

‘‘When asked if there was any drugs on the premises he said there was ‘choof’ in the kitchen drawer.

‘‘In a ziplock bag in the drawer was 5g of cannabis.’’

The court heard there was also a bong and cannabis outside.

Magistrate John Murphy said it was a small amount of drugs and offered him a fine with conviction.

Ms Freshwater agreed on her client’s behalf.

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