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Love led him to drugs and prison
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Peter Ververis had pleaded guilty to trafficking methylamphetamine after a raid on the Cheltenham home he shared with his brother in 2006.

Police found Ververis in the kitchen smoking a pipe filled with the drug `ice' and in possession of nearly 418 grams of methylamphetamine.

The raid also netted $11,675 cash, a money counter, sealed bags and electronic scales.

Ververis' lawyer had told the court the 28-year-old had begun using drugs because he was heartbroken by the end of his six-year relationship to ex-Neighbours star Valance in the months before the raid.

But Judge Geoffrey Chettle in Melbourne's County Court said while Ververis may have been generally depressed and dependent on drugs he did not believe the break-up was behind his trafficking.

Ververis was sentenced along with his 24-year-old brother Chris who was found to be operating a clandestine meth lab at another property in Cheltenham.

Judge Chettle said while Peter Ververis was said to be of "good character, charming and polite" his younger brother was described as "aloof, withdrawn and uncommunicative".

Chemicals and internet documents on how to produce drugs were found at Chris Ververis' lab, which the court heard had been untidy and disorganised.

Chris Ververis had the ability to produce methylamphetamine worth up to $300,000 and his older brother had drugs on him worth up to $100,000.

Peter Ververis, who buys sells and restores cars and had no prior convictions, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years' jail with a non-parole period of 18 months.

Judge Chettle said he had reasonable prospects of rehabilitation.

Chris Ververis had pleaded guilty to three charges including possessing and producing a drug of dependence and was sentenced to three-and-a-half years jail.

He will serve a minimum two years and three months' in prison.

Peter and Chris Ververis had served 28 days and 22 days pre-sentence detention respectively.

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