A Lavington drug dealer has brought himself undone by yelling at police while driving past their unmarked car.
Craig Thomas Broekman would not have otherwise been detected as he drove around in circles in Albury's north.
The 34-year-old had a bag packed full of about 200 empty plastic resealable bags, a 1.53-gram stash of methamphetamine, scales and $400 in cash.
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But he still denied he was supplying "ice". By Monday, when he appeared in Albury Local Court, Broekman had changed his story.
The now out-of-work panel beater - he was stood down because of the COVID-19 pandemic - pleaded guilty to charges of supplying a prohibited drug and recklessly deal with the proceeds of crime.
Defence lawyer Angus Lingham said Broekman previously pleaded guilty to failing to appear on bail.
The court was told how police, in the unmarked car, saw Broekman as he drove west on Union Road, Lavington, on May 8 about 12.45pm.
"The accused appeared to yell something at police, which could not be made out."
The officers did a u-turn in their car and followed Broekman as he drove south on Waugh Road through North Albury.
They kept on his tail "for some distance" and at times he was travelling at above the speed limit.
It soon became clear that Broekman wasn't driving to a particular destination, rather he was "driving in a large circle" through that part of Albury.
They stopped him on Captain Cook Drive, Glenroy - an area "well-known" for drug-dealing - and noticed he was "nervous, agitated".
When he pulled his driver's licence out of a bag in his car, police saw "a number of one hundred dollar bills".
Broekman said he was on his way to see his brother in Bateman's Bay, but was actually heading in the opposite direction.
He became "extremely defensive" when asked to step out of his car and after at first denying it, he admitted he had "some 'ice' on me".
He claimed he had just withdrawn the money from an automatic teller machine, though the cash included many $5 notes that were not dispensed by ATMs.
After admitting to drug possession, though denying he supplied, he then claimed he borrowed the $400 from a friend to register his car.
Broekman will be sentenced on September 28.