A 52-year-old man has been locked up after a raid of his Higgins home uncovered a "sophisticated set up" allegedly used for trafficking the drug ice.
Brett Matthew French appeared in the Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with trafficking methamphetamine and dealing with the proceeds of crime.
He did not enter pleas and was refused bail.
A police statement of facts tendered to the court said that police raided Mr French's home on Monday evening where they found him with a group of people in a locked shed at the back of the house.
Police searched Mr French and allegedly found more than $1100 in his pockets and later discovered a further $977 in his wallet, which they allege is the proceeds of criminal activity.
Inside the shed, a large television screen displayed vision captured by CCTV cameras set up around the property.
The raid allegedly uncovered about 300 grams of methamphetamine and several vials of a clear liquid believed to be gamma-Butyrolactone which is a substance that once metabolised gives the same effects as the drug GHB.
More than six grams of methamphetamine is considered a trafficable quantity by law.
Police also allegedly found a number of objects traditionally used in the ongoing supply of illicit drugs, such as a large number of clip seal bags, latex gloves, a set of scales and caffeine powder which is often used to cut drugs.
AFP Forensics officers conducted an examination of Mr French's property.
Prosecutor Angus Brown told the court some forensic tests still needed to be conducted at the property and releasing Mr French on bail could jeopardise that process.
He also noted that Mr French was bound by two good behaviour orders from the court at the time of his arrest.
Mr French's defence lawyer said his client could be granted bail with strict conditions which would mitigate any risks he posed to the community or the ongoing police investigation.
He also said the amount of money found in Mr French's possession being about $2000, alleged to be the proceeds of crime, was not a substantial amount in the context of that charge.
However, while Magistrate Louise Taylor agreed the amount was at the lower end of the scale for similar types of offending it was not a small amount for Mr French.
"It's not an insignificant amount [of money] for someone on a disability pension and who has a drug habit," Ms Taylor said.
She said the scene described by police was of an allegedly "sophisticated set up" designed to facilitate and support the trafficking of methamphetamine.
Ms Taylor ultimately found no bail conditions could adequately mitigate the risks posed by releasing Mr French from custody and remanded him to appear in court later this month.