Community order for cannabis offender

A MILDURA mechanical engineer has been convicted and ordered to undertake community work after trying to traffick cannabis.

Daniel Piscitelli, 27, pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared before the Mildura Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Matt Pardon said a search warrant was executed at the man’s Eighth Street address in October last year as part of a major investigation into drug trafficking in the wider Sunraysia area. 

At the property, cannabis, steroids and a mobile phone were seized.

Sen-Constable Pardon said the phone contained numerous messages between Piscitelli and another man discussing how much they would sell cannabis for, ranging from $1800 to more than $3000. In other messages and calls, the same man asked the accused to get him a “nugget” and to tee up a deal.

His solicitor Peter Delorenzo said Piscitelli wasn’t the target of the operation and seemed to have “gotten himself on track” since the charges were laid.

The court was told he had relevant history including a 2010 trafficking charge. He was placed on a community corrections order to complete 120 hours of unpaid work.

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