Shepparton News

Boggy track traps trafficker


- By Monique Preston

A drug trafficker who became bogged while trying to escape from police with drugs and $24,000 cash in his car has been jailed for a year.

Ali Aber, 24, pleaded guilty in Shepparton Magistrate­s’ Court to drug traffickin­g, dealing with property suspected to be the proceeds of crime, resisting an emergency worker, drug possession, driving disqualifi­ed and failing to give police a passcode to his phone.

Prosecutor Jo Allen told the court Aber was seen driving erraticall­y, fast, on the wrong side of the road and with the vehicle’s lights off, in Archer St, Shepparton, on June 16.

At 1.15 am police again saw Aber’s Ford Falcon parked in Wyara Crt in Kialla, but he drove off fast down a dirt track into bushland, Sgt Allen said.

The court was told when Aber’s car became bogged, he ran off from police on foot.

He was taken to the ground by police, but still tried to get up and run away.

Aber was found with a satchel on him that contained 2.95 g of methamphet­amines, $24,000 in cash and two tablets of Seroquel, Sgt Allen said.

The court heard a quantity of drug parapherna­lia including scales, zip lock bags, glass containers and syringes was also found.

A plastic bottle containing 200 ml of GHB was also found in the glovebox of the car, Sgt Allen said.

Aber was also disqualifi­ed from driving at the time and refused to give police the passcode to his mobile phone.

The court also heard Aber, who was born in Syria and moved to Australia at the age of two and lives in the Shepparton area, had breached a community correction­s order with the offending.

Aber’s solicitor Ian Michaelson said his client had started smoking cannabis at 14 years old and using methamphet­amines from the age of 16 and had “a long history of use and abuse of drugs”. However, Mr Michaelson said he was committed to ongoing drug rehabilita­tion.

Aber was released from prison in January on to the community correction­s order.

Magistrate Peter Mithen sentenced Aber to 12 months in prison, reckoning the 11 days in presentenc­e detention as time already served.

The community correction­s order was also re-imposed for 12 months on his release from jail.

“I’m putting that in place to give you some assistance on release,” Mr Mithen said of the community correction­s order.

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