Accused meth dealer pleads guilty

A 34 year-old Traralgon man has pleaded guilty to trafficking a commercial quantity of methamphetamine between July 2011 and June 2012.

Glenn Andrew McKinnell was among six men arrested in June last year in Melbourne with a large quantity of the drug of dependence.

He faced the Latrobe Valley County Court yesterday where he also pleaded guilty to handling a stolen ride-on lawnmower.

The prosecution detailed phone intercepts of conversations between McKinnell and his drug supplier in New South Wales and argued McKinnell “was the one arranging big transactions”.

McKinnell was supported in court by his family from Bombala, where he had moved from in July 2011.

His father Stuart McKinnell told the court his son had been using drugs since high school.

Defence lawyer Ian Polak said McKinnell had been supported by his family “who have been shattered by his drug use”.

Judge John Smallwood will sentence McKinnell tomorrow morning.