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Drug lab brought a jail sentence

AN ULTIMATUM from his mother may have helped Wayne Burnell kick his drug habit, but it didn't save him from a prison sentence.

The 29-year-old pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court on Tuesday to one charge of producing dangerous drugs.

Crown prosecutor Peter O'Connor told the court police attended a North Rockhampton property on August 26 last year.

There they found Burnell and a clandestine drug lab.

Mr O'Connor said there was an "extensive amount of apparatus and chemical".

A drug analyst said based on the amount of pseudoephedrine tab-lets and other chemicals found, 1.5 grams of methylamphetamine could have been made.

Mr O'Connor said this amount was consistent with personal use only.

Defence barrister Jeff Clarke said Burnell had been battling a drug addiction since he was 18 years old.

He said his client realised how wrong it was to be involved in drugs and had made attempts to rehabilitate. Burnell was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment, to be released on parole on December 24.

A conviction was recorded.



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