Maryborough man jailed after leaving meth lab in plain sight

A MARYBOROUGH man who was once caught with instructions on how to produce methamphetamine written on the back of his prison release form has been jailed again for a similar offence.

Herbert Alfred Dobe, 28, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the Brisbane Supreme Court to possessing instructions and the utensils required in order to produce a dangerous drug.

Crown prosecutor Susan Hedge told the court Dobe had a horrid 13-page criminal history that included offences for bank robbery, property, drug, dishonesty, unlawful escape from custody and operating drug labs.

She said he was on parole for similar offences at the time of the offence.

"Police went to his Maryborough home for an unrelated matter and they noticed the drug lab in plain sight," Ms Hedge said.

"There were a series of items found which were consistent with the operation of a clandestine drug lab.

"The details and instructions police located in several notebooks on how to produce meth were extremely sophisticated.

"An independent chemist reviewed the instructions and said if they had been followed then meth would have been produced."

Defence barrister Kate McMahon said Dobe had already served 11 months for the offence which was not declarable after his parole was revoked over unrelated 2012 and 2013 offences.

She said given his criminal history he was not guaranteed parole when he became eligible.

Justice Martin Daubney gave Dobe a dressing down before sentencing him to 12 months behind bars which he ordered to be served concurrently with the remainder of the 2012 and 2013 sentences.

"I am not going to waste my time or my breath in giving you a lecture," he said.

"You clearly are no stranger to the inside of a courtroom.

"If you continue with your life of crime then you will spend the majority of it behind bars."

Dobe will be eligible to apply for parole in July after the 2012 and 2013 sentences expire.

- APN Newsdesk


Topics:  court crime maryborough methamphetamine

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