A Melbourne nightclub manager accused of trafficking an assortment of illicit drugs out of the Railway Hotel Brunswick kept some in a toolbox on top of his washing machine, a court has heard.
Paul Polito, 38, was arrested in April 2016 and charged with trafficking and possessing cocaine, ice, ecstasy, methorphan and ketamine at the popular inner Melbourne establishment.
At a committal hearing on Wednesday in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, a former housemate testified that Polito kept a toolbox on top of his "dirty" washing machine.
"I never used it. I took my laundry to my mother's home," Richard Boctor said.
Mr Boctor maintained he never looked inside the box and assumed it was full of tools.
However, a detective involved in a raid of the pair's Brunswick unit gave evidence Polito's toolbox held a large amount of illicit drugs.
Detective Tomislav Ivanovski found drugs hidden all through the home.
Hotel employee, Chris Lytras, 48, who faces nine similar charges on Wednesday pleaded not guilty all of them and was committed to stand trial.