Busted with drugs, $4k hid­den in car

The Morning Bulletin - - ON THE RECORD - KERRI-ANNE MESNER kerri-anne.mesner@cap­news.com.au

IT TOOK a fort­night for po­lice to catch se­rial drug of­fender Gregory Ron­ald Ro­gin­son breach­ing bail.

Ro­gin­son, 44, had been sen­tenced in the Supreme Court of Rock­hamp­ton on May 1 for a drug lab dis­cov­ered at his Berserker prop­erty two years ago.

He re­ceived a two-year prison term and was re­leased on pa­role on May 1, with 387 days pre-sen­tence cus­tody de­clared.

To­day, he is back be­hind bars af­ter po­lice busted him with marijuana which breached his bail con­di­tions for charges out­stand­ing in the Mag­is­trates Court in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion of ex­plo­sives, fail­ing to stop and driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied.

Dur­ing a bail ap­pli­ca­tion in the Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day, the court heard po­lice also found $4000 in cash hid­den be­hind the stereo in Ro­gin­son’s car.

“The de­fen­dant says he sold a car,” duty lawyer Rowan King said in re­la­tion the hid­den cash.

Mr King said Ro­gin­son would plead guilty to the drug pos­ses­sion and breach of bail charges when he was sen­tenced for his out­stand­ing Mag­is­trates Court mat­ters next month, but was con­test­ing the charge of re­ceiv­ing tainted prop­erty in ref­er­ence to the hid­den cash.

The court heard Ro­gin­son had been on var­i­ous bail con­di­tions in the past and breached all of them.

Mag­is­trate Cameron Press de­nied bail on this oc­ca­sion due to his re-of­fend­ing risk.

Ear­lier this month, dur­ing the Supreme court sen­tenc­ing, Ro­gin­son told the court, through his bar­ris­ter, that he had gone from us­ing seven points of metham­phetamines a day and pro­duc­ing the il­licit sub­stance to be­ing clean of drugs.

Po­lice raided his Clifton St prop­erty on Fe­bru­ary 1, 2016 and found $13,000 in cash, one clip-seal bag in the bath­room with 0.342g of meth and an­other lo­cated in the kitchen had MSN (a cut­ting agent) in­side.

In a ship­ping con­tainer in the yard, po­lice found 4.275g of MSN.

They also found 218 pseu­doephedrine tablets, and a buried PVC pipe capped at each end con­tain­ing in­stru­ments and in­gre­di­ents used in pro­duc­ing meth.

Photo: Kerri-Anne Mesner

BACK IN JAIL: Gregory Ron­ald Ro­gin­son was sen­tenced in the Supreme Court on May 1 for pro­duc­ing metham­phetamines in his back yard and was re­of­fend­ing two weeks later.

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