Drug dealer given order

October 03, 2017

A Tatura drug dealer was given a community corrections order yesterday in Shepparton Magistrates' Court.

A drug dealer who was found with ice, cocaine, ecstasy, steroids and stolen firearms has walked free from court.

Michael Sean Rossignuolo, 42, of Tatura was sentenced to a community corrections order at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court yesterday for his crimes of drug trafficking and possessing illegal firearms.

Police conducted two raids at properties at linked to Rossignuolo on June 28, which uncovered ecstasy, methamphetamines, cocaine, steroids and illegal firearms.

A hidden ledger uncovered during the raids revealed names and prices, which police believed to be evidence of several deals with people around town.

The total value of the deals written out on the ledger was more than $29000, with a separate list uncovered showing the going rate for various amounts of cocaine and ice.

He was arrested following the June raids, but bailed eight days later.

A number of guns were also seized, with one discovered to have been stolen from Stanhope, another stolen from Shepparton.

Rossignuolo’s lawyer Rohan Lawrence argued his client was far from a high-level drug dealer and should not face more time behind bars.

‘‘This trafficking is somewhat unusual,’’ Mr Lawrence said,

The lawyer said Rossignuolo had been a regular drug user for about 13 years.

His use intensified as he moved on from amphetamines to ice and money problems forced him to find creative ways to fund his habit, the lawyer said.

Through a contact, Mr Lawrence said he bought drugs and sold them on to the same regular contacts of around five to eight people.

‘‘He, along with a small group of friends, would pool money and purchase drugs that would then be shared,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s not someone who wasn’t a drug user and was simply trafficking for profit.’’

Rossignuolo pleaded guilty with nine of the original charges struck out by prosecution.

Magistrate John Murphy said it was clear from his family and extensive character references provided to the court that Rossignuolo has plenty of support to change.

‘‘Coming from an Italian background you obviously recognise the importance of family,’’ the magistrate said.

He was sentenced to a two-year community corrections order, which must include drug counselling and 400 hours community service.

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