A senior Canberra bikie charged with drug trafficking turned to sex work, despite finding it "demeaning", in order to fund his "debilitating" drug habit, a court has been told.
Alexander Victor Miller, 29, was denied bail when he appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday afternoon. He is charged with drug trafficking, drug possession and breaching good behaviour obligations. He has not entered pleas to these charges.
Miller, who has several criminal convictions, was described in court by prosecutor Patrick Dixon as the sergeant-at-arms of the Nomads' ACT chapter, making him the gang's second most senior member in Canberra.
Police documents tendered to the court said officers went to a Kingston apartment complex last Friday with a warrant to arrest Miller for breaching good behaviour obligations.
The documents said while talking to police, Miller "became agitated and emotional, his eyes watering and his voice quivering".
He allegedly told officers, "It's just f...ed cause I have bling - ice in my bag, a 'perso' amount and a pipe and I'm gonna get done. I dunno how much there is, a mate spooned it in".
Police searching Miller's property allegedly found drugs including 15.1 grams of methylamphetamine. Anything above six grams is considered a traffickable quantity.
Miller was also allegedly carrying more than $31,000 in cash, but about $20,000 of this amount has since been verified as being legally obtained.
Miller's lawyer Kate Gunther told the court he used drugs daily and had a "debilitating" addiction, and the drugs found on him were for his personal use. She said this explanation was supported by the fact Miller did not have the sort of drug paraphernalia usually associated with trafficking, like scales and a large number of bags.
Ms Gunther said Miller had turned to sex work in order to fund his addiction, but he found this "demeaning" and "humiliating".
"Sex work is not his passion, as you might expect. He does not enjoy it," Ms Gunther said.
Miller was "highly motivated" to stay out of trouble if granted bail, she said.
Ms Gunther said the remaining $11,000 police found in Miller's possession was money he had earned legally through sex work, but while in custody he had not been able to get bank statements to verify this.
Mr Dixon said Miller being a drug user did not preclude him from also being a drug trafficker.
He said no bail conditions could mitigate the risk of Miller re-offending, which he had done regularly in the past.
Magistrate Louise Taylor agreed, saying Miller had "an appalling history" of compliance with court orders, which "reflected his disrespect" for the courts.
She refused Miller bail and remanded him in custody until his next court appearance on January 30.
Immediately prior to his bail application, Special Magistrate Margaret Hunter sentenced Miller on another set of charges stemming from incidents in October and November last year.
These charges, to which Miller pleaded guilty, related to driving matters and giving a false name to police.
He was fined $1600 and disqualified from driving for two years and one week.