Cold wa­ter poured on ice recipe

Man fined for meth in­struc­tions

The Queensland Times - - NEWS - ROSS IRBY ross.irby@qt.com.au

WHEN po­lice found a de­vice in a car that held in­struc­tions on how to cook the drug meth, it was tracked to Ti­mothy Wal­lis.

But the methy­lam­phetamine ice recipe was given to him by a work­mate years be­fore, and the recipe never tried.

Ti­mothy Mervyn Wal­lis, 42, from Woorim, pleaded guilty in Ip­swich Mag­is­trates Court to hav­ing an un­law­ful doc­u­ment on ways to pro­duce methy­lam­phetamine at Spring­field Cen­tral.

Po­lice dated the charge as be­ing be­tween De­cem­ber 31, 2015, and April 7, 2018.

Pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Matt Don­nelly said po­lice were called to a house for a com­plaint of tres­pass in April and found a fe­male of­fender hid­ing in bushes.

Nearby, a woman was sit­ting in a car who claimed to have driven from Lo­gan­lea.

The car was towed away but a po­lice search of per­sonal items in­side in­cluded a bag con­tain­ing a hard drive.

Po­lice found a folder cre­ated in 2016. It showed how to man­u­fac­ture il­licit sub­stances, in par­tic­u­lar methy­lam­phetamine.

Wal­lis said in an in­ter­view at Ya­manto po­lice sta­tion that it was his hard drive and the in­struc­tions were those of a work col­league with whom he had worked on a drilling rig two years pre­vi­ously.

De­fence lawyer Naadira Omar­jee sought a fine for the of­fence, say­ing prece­dent le­gal cases were not easy to find.

She said there had been no ev­i­dence Wal­lis in­tended to do any­thing with the in­struc­tions.

Mag­is­trate Me­lanie Ho said the elec­tronic file was traced back to Wal­lis and it had been given to him.

She ac­cepted there was no sug­ges­tion of any ul­te­rior mo­tive or that he was linked to any drug ac­tiv­ity.

Wal­lis was con­victed and fined $400 and the in­struc­tion man­ual for­feited.

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