A South Australian man who hid drugs in a sunscreen bottle, then shoved the bottle down his shorts at a music festival, has been handed a suspended sentence.
Adam Guiseppe Vallelonga, 25, was found with 50 capsules of MDMA when he was searched by police on October 6, 2019, at Bonython Park in the city.
The court did not name the event, but the Listen In Festival was taking place at the park on that day.
Sentencing Vallelonga in the District Court, Judge Ian Press said he was caught with 50 capsules in the sunscreen bottle and 20 in his shorts, before another 30 were found in his bedroom at home.
“Police could smell alcohol on your breath and your eyes were glazed and bloodshot,” Judge Press said.
“Police located a Banana Boat sunscreen bottle down the front of your shorts.
“Inside the container … had been modified, so that items could be hidden inside.”
Judge Press said Vallelonga purchased the capsules intending to use some and sell others at a profit of $6 per capsule.
He said Vallelonga used drugs to fill a void in his life, and developed a gambling problem for the same reason.
“Prior to the festival you had again spent all of your money gambling,” he said.
“It was at that point you formed an intention to sell MDMA at the festival to both recoup some of your gambling losses and to fund your personal use.”
Vallelonga had pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in a controlled drug.
Judge Press said his youth, clean criminal history, remorse and efforts to address his drug use made him a good candidate for a suspended sentence.
He was handed a 12-month non-parole period, wholly suspended on a two-year good behaviour bond.