Childers’ drug bust trial continues
AN ACCUSED drug trafficker had enough chemicals to cook nearly 1.5 kilograms of meth a court heard.
Michael Allan Cornick has denied producing dangerous drugs.
He has pleaded guilty at the Brisbane Supreme Court to a number of drugs charges, including trafficking drugs, and not guilty to others.
Yesterday the court heard police claim Cornick was found in possession of eight litres of liquid pseudoephedrine, one litre of hypophosphorous acid and more than five kilograms of iodine pills.
A drugs expert testified if these were combined they could theoretically produce 1.37kg of methylamphetamine.
A gas cooker police also claim was found in Cornick’s possession tested positive to traces of methylamphetamine.
The court heard the amount of chemicals and the cooker were consistent with the operation of a drug lab.
Undercover police agent William Little, a name he assumed for the operation, told the court on Tuesday he gained Cornick’s trust and began buying meth by the pound from him.
Officer Little eventually came to Cornick with a proposal to trade 30kg of the drug mephedrone, known as meow meow, and $20,000 cash for about half a kilogram of meth.
The court heard the following day Officer Little met Cornick at a Childers service station where he said his “friends”, who were police officers, with the mephedrone would meet them.
In his car, Cornick had the drugs for the deal as well as more for a separate deal with Officer Little.
The other officers arrived and arrested Cornick.
Officer Little told the court all but two conversations he had with Cornick were recorded – a call that malfunctioned and the final arrest.
Defence barrister Peter Nolan put to Officer Little he had not witnessed a supply of drugs or any production of the drug.
The trial continues.