A small-time Albury drug-dealer was caught by police when detectives inspected his mobile phone during a search of his unit, a court has heard.
Matthew David Lade now faces sentence on a series of charges when he is next due to front Albury Local Court in November.
The 43-year-old was already due to appear in court on November 1 for a “like matter”, defence solicitor Camille McKay told magistrate Rodney Brender.
Lade has made a brief appearance before Mr Brender, pleading guilty to four charges of supply or offer to supply cannabis leaf and to a single count of possessing a prohibited drug.
One of the supply charges was amended from methamphetamine to cannabis, while another charge was withdrawn.
Police said the court granted a search warrant on January 31 to search Lade’s Crisp Street unit.
Officers attached to the Albury Pro-Active Crime Team and the Albury Drug Unit went to Lade’s home the next day about 10.10am.
The court was told that after police searched his unit, Lade made admissions about 10.54 grams of cannabis seeds, about a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine and also a Telstra mobile telephone.
The offences over which he was charged were detected on the phone.
The first related to him supplying one gram of cannabis leaf.
That took place on December 1, 2017.
Ten days later, Lade offered to supply another 1 gram of cannabis leaf for between $10 and $20.
He then offered to supply 28 grams of the drug, on December 13, for between $250 and $320.
Lade’s final charge related to supplying seven grams of cannabis leaf on January 3.
The price he asked for was between $80 and $160.
After his arrest, Lade was taken to Albury police station but he declined to be interviewed on the grounds that he wished to seek legal advice.
Mr Brender ordered the preparation of a pre-sentence report to explore any non-jail options, adjourning the matter to November 1.
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