A drug dealer who allegedly sold “death” in the form of methamphetamine may spend at least 18 months in jail.
Cheyne Orcher, 28, allegedly did all he could to get away from police when they confronted him at a Wodonga McDonald’s restaurant on February 7.
A wallet containing $10,950 was stashed behind a toilet, which police claim was to be used as payment in a drug deal.
Orcher then allegedly locked himself inside a disabled toilet where he smashed an iPhone before officers could enter and arrest him.
He appeared in Wodonga Magistrates Court on Monday on charges including trafficking methamphetamine.
Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Penny Lawler said investigators believe Orcher attended McDonald’s to conduct his drug deal.
She said false number plates, a knife, drug deal bags with ice residue, and scales were allegedly located in the Holden Commodore Orcher was driving.
He was previously arrested on November 19 after he was allegedly caught running from police at a Wodonga home and dropped 8.3 grams of ice into the garden.
Solicitor Jonathan Rattray said Orcher had served time in jail for drug trafficking before, but was pulled back into crime because he owed about $10,000 to NSW drug syndicates on his release.
Magistrate David Farran indicated he would send Orcher to jail for two-and-a-half years with a minimum of 18 months.
“He’s a career drug trafficker, he’s making money out of something that makes misery for other people,” he said. “He sells death and he sells lifelong addiction to people whose lives are ruined by this drug.”
Orcher chose to maintain his not guilty plea after the indication and the case was adjourned until June 20.