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Mum dobs in son's meth lab: court

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A RAID of a Loch St home on October 17 last year found drug laboratory paraphernalia and stolen alcohol, and saw a 19-year-old charged with multiple charges.

Kenneth James Bateman pleaded guilty to charges ranging from possessing tainted property to unlawful possession of anything used in the commission of a crime in the Emerald Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kevin Ongheen told the court a warrant search executed at Mr Bateman's parents' house found utensils used to manufacture methamphetamines.

Sgt Ongheen said police found iodine pills and a phone belonging to Mr Bateman with text messages on it which police believe he used to contact friends to buy cold and flu tablets for the pseudoephedrine.

A Meteor single shot firearm was also seized.

A backpack belonging to Mr Bateman had several bottles of alcoholic spirits.

Sgt Ongheen said police traced the alcohol bottles back to a break and enter of the Epic All Sports.

Solicitor Anne Murray said her client was remorseful for his actions, but maintained Mr Bateman was not manufacturing the drugs for commercial purposes.

"It was only experimental," Mrs Murray said.

She said Mr Bateman created disdain in his family and had since been kicked out of home by his mother, who notified police of his actions.

"He wants to make a clean break," she said, and told the court Mr Bateman planned to move to Longreach.

Magistrate Cameron Press fined Mr Bateman $600 for possessing the gun and forfeited it to the crown. For the remaining charges, Mgst Press placed Mr Bateman on two years probation with strict conditions, and recorded the convictions.


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