Man denies using piggery shed as drug lab

A WESTBROOK man has denied using a piggery shed on his property as a drug lab.

But Carl Richard Statham pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court to possessing the chemicals and equipment needed to create methylamphetamine.

The items were found with Statham's fingerprints all over them when more than 10 police descended on the property during a raid on May 31, 2012.

It was not the first time police had searched Statham's semi-rural property near Toowoomba, having also raided it in October 2011.

But on the first day of Statham's trial on Tuesday, defence barrister James Godbolt told the jury having the items did not make Statham guilty of producing or trafficking drugs.

Statham has pleaded not guilty to possessing, producing and trafficking methylamphetamine.

A Toowoomba crime scene investigation officer said although the fingerprints were found, he could not determine when the items were touched.

Police sent 32 items from Statham's property to Queensland Health's clandestine laboratory department.

A supervising forensic scientist who scrutinised the items testified there was residue of chemicals that could be used to create methylamphetamine.

He explained to the jury which chemicals would be needed to create the drug.

The trial under Justice John Byrne continues today.

- APN NEWSDESK


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