Self professed drug addict and drug-maker avoids jail time

HOW do you help someone who doesn't want to help themself?

According to Justice Duncan McMeekin, this is a difficulty often faced by the courts and yesterday was no exception.

Jason Noel Roberts pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court of Rockhampton yesterday to three counts of producing methamphetamine and six other drug-related charges.

A self-professed drug addict, the 38-year-old has a long history of like offences.

"Magistrates do their best to keep you out of jail, and you do your best to get in jail," Justice McMeekin told him.

The court heard Roberts and his ex-partner were intercepted by police on October 22, 2012 at Tannum Sands.

Police searched the vehicle and located cannabis and a number of relevant things used in the production of meth.

They also found a message from Roberts on his partner's phone which read: "Yes I've been doing a cook, got water to sell".

Roberts was released on bail for these offences, but that didn't deter him.

In April last year, police received CCTV footage showing Roberts purchasing items related to drug production in Gladstone.

He was found at a Gladstone address with the items.

On September 19, police executed a search warrant at his home and found a clandestine laboratory.

He co-operated with police and made full admissions.

Despite a clear disregard for the law, Justice McMeekin conceded Roberts had good prospects of rehabilitation.

Roberts received a head sentence of 16 months, with immediate parole to take into account time served.



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