Man sen­tenced for drug lab

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MAN wanted cheaper and more qual­ity con­trolled methyl am­phet­a­mines, so he cooked his own.

Matthew Nor­man Deas found in­struc­tions on the in­ter­net.

Po­lice came to his Cannonvale ad­dress on Jan­uary 10 last year af­ter a woman had told of­fi­cers he was “cook­ing” an un­known sub­stance.

A searched un­cov­ered a clan­des­tine methyl am­phet­a­mines lab, as well as a quan­tity of chem­i­cals and para­pher­na­lia used in the pro­duc­tion of the drug

The then 34-year-old was ar­rested and charged with a co-of­fender who is still to be dealt with.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Brendan Mant­tan said 10 days later dur­ing a ran­dom breath test in­ter­cept, po­lice searched Deas’ ve­hi­cle and found more drug re­lated items in­clud­ing more chem­i­cals.

Now 35, he pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court in Mackay to pro­duc­ing and pos­ses­sion charges.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Bron­wyn Hartigan said the fa­ther of two was a hard worker and had lived a trou­ble free life un­til he was in­tro­duced to methyl am­phet­a­mines while work­ing in Mo­ran­bah in 2010.

He’d de­cided to pro­duce his own to en­sure the qual­ity and be­cause it was cheaper, Ms Hartigan said.

At that time, he was us­ing about five points of the drug on a daily ba­sis.

In 2012 he moved to Proser­pine af­ter los­ing his job in Mo­ran­bah and had only been liv­ing in the Cannonvale home for three weeks prior to be­ing ar­rested, Ms Hartigan said.

The cul­mi­na­tion of a “messy” break­down, and not be­ing able to work in his trade, had led to this of­fend­ing. He was self med­i­cat­ing with drugs, Ms Hartigan said.

Deas had been in cus­tody for about eight months, the court was told. He also pleaded guilty to 12 sum­mary of­fences in­clud­ing disqual­i­fied driv­ing, steal­ing num­ber plates, un­law­ful use of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, which Jus­tice Dun­can McMeekin said “re­flects an at­ti­tude (that he) just doesn’t care”.

Deas was jailed for two years, which was sus­pended im­me­di­ately. The time in cus­tody was con­sid­ered as time al­ready served.

The sen­tenced was sus­pended so Deas could re­turn to New South Wales to be with his daugh­ters and fam­ily. Deas was also disqual­i­fied from driv­ing for three years

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