Rocky man allowed tenants to build meth lab to fuel habit
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In exchange for drugs to fuel his habit, Scott Brenden Weston turned a blind eye as his co-tenants turned the downstairs area of the house he was renting in Rockhampton into a methylamphetamine lab.
Crown prosecutor Julie Marsden yesterday told the Rockhampton District Court Weston took the drugs in lieu of rent money.
The 40-year-old yesterday pleaded guilty to producing dangerous drugs and instructions to produce dangerous drugs between January 1-23, 2010.
"The defendant knew about the cook and provided them somewhere to do it," Ms Marsden said.
Ms Marsden said Weston went shopping with his tenants to buy items to make the drug. He was also found in possession of a three-page document detailing the method to produce meth.
The court heard Weston initially lied to police about his involvement, before ultimately co-operating.
Defence barrister Tom Polley said his client was "perhaps naive and certainly stupid".
"He's very sorry for his actions," Mr Polley said.
Mr Polley said his client had not re-offended since the incident and he had given up using the drug.
Judge Douglas McGill sentenced Weston to 18 months jail suspended for two years.