Drug dealer busted at Childers servo in elaborate sting
MICHAEL Allan Cornick sat silently, shaking his head, as a jury declared him guilty of producing and supplying drugs.
After deliberating for less than an hour, a Brisbane Supreme Court jury found Cornick guilty of producing ecstasy pills, supplying meth, possessing a prohibited combination of chemicals, possessing items used to make drugs and possessing two guns.
He had pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, supplying others with drugs, weapons charges and drug possession charges.
The court heard Cornick, who was arrested at a Childers service station with a large amount of meth in his ute, was involved in a drug trafficking operation selling meth and MDMA (ecstasy) that he was involved in producing.
An undercover police officer using the name William Little gained Cornick's trust while gathering evidence on him.
A tracking device was placed on Cornick's vehicle that found he regularly parked outside a Sunshine Coast storage unit complex. Police raided the complex, finding a pill press with Cornick's fingerprints inside a unit.
During the operation, Cornick told Little he was looking for certain chemicals, mephedrone or ketamine, "for his ekkies" - slang for the drug ecstasy.
Cornick agreed to trade about half a kilogram of meth for 30kg of mephedrone and $20,000 cash from "friends" of Little's - actually more police officers.
He was able to produce the large quantity of the illicit drug overnight. The court heard he would normally sell it for $45,000.
The 61-year-old Cornick had told the court he was just "talking himself up" when he told Little he was looking for the drugs.
Cornick is expected to be sentenced this morning for the offences.
- APN NEWSDESK