Gold nuggets, illicit drugs, $250k cash found during raid of Ballarat motel

A man has faced court in Ballarat after police discovered gold nuggets, illicit drugs, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash.

Police say they raided a motel on Main Road, Golden Point, about 11pm yesterday.

Mark McKay, 48, was arrested before police located allegedly stolen jewelry, more than $250,000 in cash, and gold nuggets worth about $17,000.

Officers said they also seized a large amount of methylamphetamine, cannabis, and cocaine.

They said the raid was part of a long-running drug investigation.

A metal sign saying Ballarat law Court beneath a symbol of the court.
A Ballarat man has been charged over the discovery.(ABC Ballarat: Laura Mayers)

Mr McKay has been charged with trafficking a large commercial quantity of methylamphetamine, trafficking cocaine and trafficking cannabis.

He is also accused of three counts of possessing drugs of dependence, dealing with the proceeds of crime, and committing indictable fences while on bail.

The 48-year-old was remanded overnight and faced the Ballarat Magistrates Court today.

He made no application for bail and will return to court for a committal mention in October.


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