A 42-YEAR-OLD father who cooked drugs just metres from his young sleeping children has been sentenced to eight months behind bars with a justice labelling his crimes as "reprehensible".
Bruce Raymond Hines appeared in the Bundaberg Supreme Court yesterday where defence barrister Carl Heaton said his client's crimes were fuelled by his addiction to drugs.
Hines pleaded guilty to producing and possessing dangerous drugs between May 31 and October 30 last year.
Prosecutor Greg Cummings said police had raided Hines' home in October where they found a drug lab, 1.887g of pure methylamphetamine, 3g of cannabis and evidence of a recent cook.
"A disturbing aspect of this offending was your two young children were asleep in the bedroom nearby," Justice Duncan McMeekin told Hines.
"Given the quantity of pseudoephedrine and other chemicals... theoretically up to 7.6g of methylamphetamine could have been produced."
Justice McMeekin said text messages on Hines' phone indicated he had been selling and swapping the drugs he cooked, which Hines himself confirmed.
"You co-operated with police by way of an interview," he said.
"It's a disturbing feature that someone of your age would be doing this."
Hines was sentenced to three years in jail with parole release after eight months on April 9, 2013.
Mr Heaton told the court his client had since given up drugs and had passed two drug tests he was subjected to while on bail.
"It was really a manifestation of a fellow trying to feed his addiction in a way that didn't cause financial strain for his family," Mr Heaton said.
"He has managed to unshackle himself of his own drug addiction."
Mr Heaton said Hines had grown up in an environment where the lifestyle of taking drugs was "normalised".
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