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The father of a five-week-old baby was arrested last month after police found him asleep on his motorbike in Ballarat East in possession of methamphetamine and GHB. At the time of his arrest on Walker Street on May 22, Anthony Nicholas Stavrou was out on bail for other offenses, including driving and drug charges. On Wednesday, the 38-year-old pleaded guilty to 14 counts in Ballarat Magistrates’ Court. The charges relate to two incidents last year and two incidents this year. Police attorney Acting Sergeant Simon Pearce said at 11:40 a.m. on February 17, 2020, Stavrou was driving a Holden Commodore station wagon northeast of Water Street, Brown Hill, when police stopped him. He said an oral fluid test showed Stavrou had methamphetamine and MDMA in his system, despite his vehicle being unlicensed and in poor running condition. Stavrou told police he had consumed ice cream the day before and honestly believed it would have been out of his system. Acting Sergeant Pearce said at 7.45 a.m. on March 5, 2020, that members of the Ballarat Criminal Investigation Unit executed a search warrant on Stavrou’s property in Ballarat East. He said police located a plastic container containing shotgun cartridges, two cannabis plants, dried cannabis, cannabis seeds, GHB, three knives and 20 .330 caliber bullets. Stavrou was not at home at the time of the search but was arrested on July 10, 2020 and made a full confession during an interview with the police. The court heard on January 18 of this year that Stavrou had driven his Holden Commodore station wagon to a Scarsdale property where he smoked ice cream and consumed GHB during the day. Acting Sergeant Pearce said at 4:30 p.m. police located Stavrou sitting in the front of his car and he appeared nervous and had pale skin. He said police asked Stavrou to get out of the vehicle and a search revealed he was carrying 1.1 grams of methamphetamine and 29 grams of GHB. Stavrou’s car displayed fake license plates which were made of metal and stuck to the vehicle. He was released on bail to appear in Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on July 12. While on bail, police found Stavrou asleep on his motorbike on Walker Street, Ballarat East, on May 22. The police woke him up and an ambulance was called. Acting Sergeant Pearce said a search showed Stavrou was carrying a small amount of a crystalline substance and a medical bottle containing GHB. He was arrested and made a full confession, telling police he had used ice the day before. Stavrou was remanded in custody where he has been for six days. Defense lawyer Sarah Wiltshire said Stavrou has a five week old baby with her occasional partner. “Mr Stavrou has significant problems with drug use and must be treated and supported. A community correction order is appropriate in these circumstances,” Ms Wiltshire said. “Rehabilitation is the key to fighting drug addiction.” She said Stavrou was undergoing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, pleaded guilty early and had the support of his partner. Magistrate Ron Saines ordered Stavrou to be assessed for a community correction order. He was remanded in custody only to reappear on June 9. Stavrou pleaded guilty to 14 counts, including driving drugs, possession of a prohibited weapon, growing cannabis, possession of methamphetamine and GHB, and operating an unregistered vehicle.


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