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Graffiti raid led to Melbourne drug bust

AAP logoAAP 22/11/2016

An Australian-Polish dual citizen is facing drug trafficking and false identification charges after police raided his Kensington home over graffiti offences.

Samuel Piechocinski, 28, has been granted bail despite fears that, because of the quality of his alleged fake IDs, he could flee the country.

When police searched Piechocinski's house on October 19 they uncovered 290g of cannabis, 300g of MDMA divided into smaller bags, 300g of alprazolam - commonly known as Xanax - also divided up, about six grams of cocaine as well as magic mushrooms and $16,620 cash, the court was told.

Court documents show Piechocinski is facing trafficking charges for the cannabis, MDMA and alprazolam.

He is also on a weapons charge over a canister of capsicum spray and is accused of having seven fake NSW and Victorian drivers licences.

In opposing bail, Constable Lucy Cole said the Australian Federal Police are also investigating Piechocinski after Border Force intercepted six shipments of drugs, believed to be cocaine and MDMA, linked to names on the fake licences allegedly found in the Kensington house.

He has not been charged by the AFP, the court was told.

She also said there were concerns Piechocinski could leave Australia, given the quality of the fake IDs he is accused of having.

Piechocinski's lawyer told the court his client's orchestral violinist father and bio-technician food scientist mother had offered their life savings to bail their Centrelink-dependent son.

The 28-year-old was released on bail with a curfew and is not allowed to leave Victoria or Australia and his passports were surrendered.

He is to live with his father in Flemington and will next appear in court on Wednesday for a justice support program assessment.

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