The vigilance of police sniffer dogs has landed a Canberra man in jail for nearly seven years, after they led their handlers to a large haul of drugs and money hidden under the man’s oven.
Nathan James Davidson pleaded guilty to five charges in the ACT Supreme Court, including possessing methamphetamines, MDMA, heroin and cocaine.
The court heard the stash, which also included nearly $90,000 in cash, was discovered during a search of a city apartment in September last year.
Police found drugs and cash in a safe and shoe boxes under the floor beneath the oven, with nearly $30,000 in the freezer.
Davidson’s lawyer, Alyn Doig, told the court his client suffered from mental illnesses, including bi-polar disorder, which are linked to impulsivity.
Mr Doig admitted Davidson’s drug use had escalated in the months before his arrest and he needed money, after spending $1,000 to $2,000 per week on his own habit.
“He had a good job,” Mr Doig said.
“But he could make more money than from legitimate plasterer work.”
Davidson also admitted to the court he once had links to far right groups and has tattoos including a German eagle.
But he said he was no longer affiliated, partly because his drug-taking and dealing behaviour was at odds with their beliefs.
“I was an embarrassment to them,” he said.
Justice John Burns noted Davidson had more than 500 grams of methamphetamines, 117 grams of heroin and 121 grams of cocaine, as well as a large number of pink MDMA pills.
He noted there was also drug paraphernalia in the apartment including substances used to cut cocaine and clip-seal bags.
Davidson has also been sentenced over possession of a large amount of stolen property, after brand new appliances, including dishwashers and microwaves were found in his secure parking area.
He has been sentenced to six years and nine months jail with a non-parole period of three years and eight months.