You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Vic drug accused gets 'rehab' bail

AAP logoAAP 13/12/2016 Melissa Iaria

A "heavy user" of ice and GHB allegedly involved in a Melbourne enterprise that traded in drugs and guns has been bailed on the proviso he go to drug rehabilitation.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington released James Bau, 26, on a $200,000 surety on Tuesday, as long as he attends drug treatment and avoids contacting his co-accused.

"One step wrong and court is not going to re-bail you," she warned.

Police allege Bau sold and facilitated drug sales to multiple customers as part of an enterprise run by alleged kingpin Francesco Molinaro.

Molinaro was arrested in raids on his Noble Park home on Sunday after a five-month police sting, which allegedly uncovered 3D printed guns and other firearms.

Bau, of Mt Waverley, is charged with trafficking commercial quantities of the drug ice and GHB.

The court heard he was a heavy user of ice and GHB, and police uncovered drugs and drug paraphernalia, including 82 ecstasy tablets, at his home.

Police opposed bail, alleging 45 of more than 17,000 calls and texts relating to the drug enterprise involved him.

The prosecution said the amount of drugs Bau is alleged to have trafficked was significant.

However, defence lawyerl Rob Melasecca cited a delay in his client's case while prosecutors have call records transcribed.

He said Bau had his family's support and would go straight to residential drug treatment, if released.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington said it was "not a weak case" but acknowledged the delay.

She also noted Bau's youth, supportive family and pledge to undergo drug treatment.

Bau will reappear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court in April for a committal mention hearing.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon