Childers’ drug bust trial con­tin­ues

Isis Town and Country - - News - By GE­OFF EGAN APN NEWS­DESK

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.

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