Trio accused of trafficking thousands of pills for nightclubs

Ian Weightman (top), Peter Moore (bottom left) and Nathan Weightman (bottom right).

Investigations into three men charged over a large drug operation in Ballarat where pills were manufactured and sold to nightclub patrons are continuing.

Peter Moore, 20, Nathan Weightman, 21, and Ian Weightman, 59, are accused of manufacturing and trafficking drugs in Ballarat and Melbourne during 2017.

Police allege drug paraphernalia, including a 30-gram block of methamphetamine, was found at Moore and Nathan Weightman’s Golden Point home onOctober 20.

A tablet press machine was allegedly found at Ian Weightman’s Redan home on the same day.

Ian Weightman.

Police allege powdered drugs were manufactured into thousands of pills and sold.

The trio fronted the Ballarat Magistrates Courton Thursdayfor a committal hearing.

The court was told police investigations were incomplete but should be finalised by the end of March.

Peter Moore.

Investigations include fingerprint and drug analysis.

Ian Weightman’s lawyer, Jon Irwin, said DNA and fingerprints were important in his client’s case.

He said Weightman denied the drug paraphernalia was linked to him.

Mr Irwin was acting for Nathan Weightman on behalf of lawyer Scott Belcher.

Nathan Weightman, 2014.

He said he understood Weightman was pleading not guilty to the drug charges.

Defence lawyer Mike Wardell requested an adjournment for his client, Moore, so the prosecution and defence could explore a resolution.

Magistrate Ron Saines adjourned the three cases toMarch 22for a further committal mention.

Moore and Nathan Weightman’s bail was extended, while Ian Weightman remains in custody.

The Courier, Ballarat