A Melbourne man has returned home to find a gun inside and two strangers smoking pot at his kitchen table, a court has heard.
The accused pair, Barag Madut, 25, of Kings Park, and Mohamed Ali, 23, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Saturday to face multiple charges including drug offences.
The court was told a Carlton public housing unit tenant had left his home unattended while undergoing medical treatment and returned to find his locks changed. When he managed to gain entry, he discovered an unfamiliar leather case containing a sawn-off rifle.
When police arrived, they found two men inside the same unit smoking cannabis at the kitchen table. Substances, believed to be cocaine and ice and a magazine for a .22 rifle were also found.
Madut's defence lawyer told the court he denied any knowledge of drug trafficking or the firearm and was simply there to collect his friend, the co-accused Ali.
Ali told the court he was visiting a neighbour: "I was giving milk to an old man named Max," he said.
Madut is charged with 10 offences including trafficking and possessing drugs, possessing a knuckleduster, trespassing and handling suspected stolen goods including an Australian and a Colombian passport.
Ali is charged with drug possession and trespassing and is also accused of having been in possession of $2000 cash, suspected of being the proceeds of crime.
Police submitted that both men be remanded in custody.
However Madut was bailed on the strict condition that he report to police daily and observe a 10pm curfew.
Ali was refused bail until his next appearance on Thursday.