Businessman gets jail term for drug charges

FORMER Colac businessman Jordan Dittloff has received a six-month jail sentence for trafficking drugs in Melbourne.

Mr Dittloff, 27, faced Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of trafficking amphetamines and ecstasy.

He pleaded guilty to the charges and received a six-month jail sentence and 18-month corrections order.

An undercover police investigation led to Mr Dittloff’s arrest on the drugs charges, with police arresting him in Hardware Lane in central Melbourne just before 9pm on July 7.

Mr Dittloff’s lawyer Ian Pugh said the sentence was a fair balance, sending a message against drug trafficking while also allowing for Mr Dittloff’s rehabilitation.

Mr Pugh confirmed his client had a problem with drug use.

“The corrections order will compel him to have treatment once he gets out of jail,” he said.

“We are looking forward to Jordan’s rehabilitation after he gets out of jail.”

Mr Pugh said Mr Dittloff had also received a diagnosis of ADHD, which could have been a contributing factor to his behaviour.

The drug offences happened while Mr Dittloff was on bail for unrelated charges over the collapse of his Colac travel agency Ace Travel.

Ace Travel abruptly closed in June, when travel payments worth about $200,000 went missing and Mr Dittloff disappeared. The closure left travellers stranded without bookings and out of pocket.

Mr Dittloff will appear at Geelong Magistrate’s Court on September 18 for a committal mention for fraud charges relating to the travel business.

Mr Pugh said his client was likely to plead guilty to a majority of the business charges, but he would need to assess then evidence in the case.

“Once again he apologises to his former clients and he realises he’s hurt both them and his family,” he said.

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