Drug cook said getting shot in the leg made him do it

A SUNSHINE Coast man, who is described in court documents as a "prolific and professional" drug producer, has been released despite allegedly cooking more drugs while on bail.

Che Andrew Murray, 30, claimed in documents he submitted to the Brisbane Supreme Court that he was drug-free for 14 months after being charged with trafficking cocaine, MDMA, methylamphetamines and GHB, also known as fantasy.

But he said he returned to amphetamine use because of the "enormous stress" from being shot in the leg at his Mooloolaba home last November.

Police who attended the shooting allegedly spotted methylamphetamines and returned with a search warrant on January 27.

They allege they found $8850 counterfeit money inside a cryovac bag under a quad bike seat, a creaming soda bottle with pseudoephedrine extraction underway, other drugs, a cutting agent, capsicum spray and handcuffs.

Police also allege they found a mobile phone with a photo of lab equipment, an iPad with searches that same day for laboratory sales companies and a notepad with "taser, sudoephadrine, phospours and pot seeds (sic)" written on it.

Justice Ann Lyons this month granted Mr Murray bail during a hearing in Brisbane Supreme Court as long as his mother signed a $150,000 surety.

Mr Murray must live in Brisbane, has a 10pm to 5am curfew, report to police daily, surrender his passport, cannot use false names and undergo weekly drug testing.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has no power to direct the Director of Public Prosecutions to appeal a supreme court bail decision.

Documents tendered to the court for the bail application describe Mr Murray as "the top of a substantial network of drug traffickers in the Sunshine Coast area".

He allegedly uses false identities, hides assets, has "an armoury of firearms" and uses police avoidance technology

"He is a prolific and professional producer of methylamphetamines and GHB and is involved in the production of MDMA," one document alleges.

"He maintains multiple addresses for the purpose of producing and storing dangerous drugs and relevant materials."

Solicitor Michael Spencer, acting for the Crown, said in his submission that Murray was an unacceptable risk of reoffending and had demonstrated a willingness to continue offending while on strict bail conditions.

He said Mr Murray had three pages of criminal history - beginning in 2003 at age 19 - that listed three court order breaches and three bail breaches which included twice failing to appear in court.

"There are no conditions of bail which could be imposed to adequately address this risk," he said.

While intercepting Mr Murray's phone calls, police allege he had at least 20 business associates and customers to arrange drugs and precursor supplies, seek advice on or arrange drug production, firearm provisions and avoiding police detection.

They also alleged he used to internet to search for lab equipment, storage depots, drug production manuals and other drug information but had also downloaded a police scanner app and bought cell phone and signal jammers.

Mr Murray argued many of the recordings he had listened to "had nothing to do with me".

His charges will be mentioned in Maroochydore Magistrates Court today.


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