A 24-YEAR-OLD Adelaide man who allegedly trafficked drugs from a Mildura motel room has been charged.

Mildura Police allege the man was found in a Mildura motel room about 6pm Thursday with at least three grams of amphetamines, estimated to have a street value of at least $5000.

It is alleged the man was also found with multiple small bags, an “unusual amount” of cash and a laser pointer.

The man was charged with two counts of possession, two counts of trafficking and possession of a weapon.

He has been remanded in custody to appear before the Mildura Magistrates’ Court on October 10.

It comes as Victoria Police’s annual statistics for the 2011-12 financial year showed a 19.5 per cent increase in drug offences within the Mildura Police Service Area.

Sergeant Patrick Bell, of Mildura Police’s divisional response unit, said the investigation was aided by public tip-offs.

“Information was received through the public and ongoing investigations by police,” Sgt Bell said.

“Cannabis is still the most prevalent drug and also abuse of prescription medications.

“Some people go doctor shopping where they receive prescription medication without disclosing previous prescriptions.

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