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Meth cook jailed for making his own supply

COOKING his own methamphetamine and not turning up for court has landed a reforming drug user in prison.

The fact that David William Vandermark was caught with clandestine methamphetamine laboratories twice in less than a year also went against him during sentencing in Maroochydore District Court yesterday.

Crown prosecutor Alex Stark said police raided the 38-year-old's Cooroy address in September 2012 and uncovered a boxed laboratory which had traces of methamphetamine on it.

Mr Stark said police also found two small marijuana seedlings in the backyard.

Enough pseudoephedrine tablets to make about 0.72g of methamphetamine were also found.

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The court heard Vandermark told police he had tried on five or six occasions leading up to the raid to make drugs for his own consumption but had not been very successful.

Vandermark was on bail for those offences when police raided a Cootharaba home in June 2013 and uncovered another drug lab.

This time the laboratory was set up in a work shed.

Mr Stark said a reaction vessel was in use but the apparatus was not turned on.

Vandermark's fingerprints were found on a pot which contained some methamphetamine.

Pseudoephedrine tablets that could potentially be converted to 1.05g of methamphetamine were also found.

Vandermark spent 77 days in custody after he was arrested for those offences before being released on bail.

A warrant was issued when he failed to appear in Maroochydore District Court late last year and he was arrested in January.

He had remained in prison until yesterday's appearance where he pleaded guilty to three counts of dangerous drug production as well as 19 less serious offences, including stealing a generator and breaching bail.

Defence barrister Simon Lewis said his client had undergone significant drug rehabilitation in jail.

Mr Lewis said his client planned to reconnect with his daughter on being released and also had a potential job lined up.

Judge Gary Long accepted that Vandermark's drug production had not been for commercial purposes.

He also noted Vandermark's efforts to stop using drugs.

"You are going to obviously need ongoing support into the future," Judge Long said.

He sentenced Vandermark to three years in prison with a parole release date after one year had been served.

Vandermark's previous stints in custody totalling 285 days were taken into account, meaning he would be released on November 5.

He also agreed to a three-year probation order designed to monitor and assist his rehabilitation.

Topics:  crime drugs maroochydore district court methamphetamine



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