AustraliaTeen drug dealer busted with $41k cash, Taser and kilo of MDMA
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A teenage drug dealer has pleaded guilty to a dozen charges after police found $41,600 cash, a Taser and nearly a kilogram of MDMA in a huge stash of illicit drugs at a short-stay apartment on Flinders Street last year.
Luke Lewin was already on a community corrections order when police raided the CBD apartment and his parents' Bonbeach home on Melbourne's bayside and uncovered a pharmacy of illicit drugs.
Lewin, now 20, has pleaded guilty to 12 drug possession and trafficking-related charges in Victoria's County Court.
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The maximum penalty for the most serious charge - trafficking a commercial drug of dependence - is 25 years' jail.
Lewin has already served 383 days behind bars since his arrest last year.
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He was 19 and unemployed when police started watching him on August 24, 2018.
Officers watched him leave his house with a suitcase that Friday afternoon and head to the Flinders Street apartment, prosecutors told the court.
Police knocked on the door of the apartment at 9.15am the next day, where Lewin was found alone and arrested.
"Under caution, the offender indicated the drugs were all his. He said the powder on the coffee table was 'MD cut with creatine powder', and the powder next to it was cocaine," the prosecution summary said.
Lewin faced the County Court for a plea hearing on Thursday where the extent of his drug stash was revealed.
Police found almost 1 kilogram of MDMA (also known as ecstasy), 127 grams of ketamine, 32 grams of methamphetamine, 16 grams of cocaine, 6 grams of cannabis, 159 grams of testosterone, as well as Xanax and morphine at the apartment.
A pill capsule manufacturing tray, a black laser pointer and $21,120 in cash was also seized.
Police then searched his bedroom at his parents' Bonbeach home. There, they found another 3 grams of ketamine, 5 grams of meth, 0.8 grams of cannabis, 17 milligrams of LSD, and diazepam and morphine.
Two Nixon watches each worth $680, an electric stun gun disguised as a torch, and another $20,500 was also found concealed under a wooden shelf in his wardrobe.
When he was later questioned by police, Lewin gave "no comment" responses.
In court on Thursday, Lewin smiled and waved at about half a dozen supporters as he was led away from the courtroom.
He is due to be sentenced on September 19.
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