Man given 120 hours of community service.
Man given 120 hours of community service. Stock

Single dad busted with instructions, items for making meth

A JUDGE has criticised a man for possessing items for making the drug ice while his two-year-old child was in the home.

Anson Henry Reid, 33, has pleaded guilty to producing drugs, possessing instructions for making drugs and possessing items in connection with producing drugs, in the Supreme Court in Mackay.

Crown prosecutor Nigel Rees said police searched Reid's home on May 10, 2015 and found chemicals, a water pipe, metal clamp and instructions.

He said that at the time, Reid did not have all the required items to make methylamphetamine. He said he should be sentenced on the basis that he was preparing to do so.

Defence barrister Phillip Moore said Reid had not completed Year 7 and had had periods of homelessness.

His work history had been intermittent, but he'd "cleaned up his act" eight years ago after he overdosed.

He then did truck driving and work on excavators, until his child's mother left.

At the time of his arrest, Reid had been living in Moranbah and was on Centrelink payments.

Mr Moore said Reid hadn't known "what he was thinking" and had been "toying with an idea" by ordering items from eBay.

Reid had been living with his parents in Rubyvale, near Emerald, since his arrest.

Justice James Henry said making methylamphetamine could cause explosions and it was "not the sort of thing you should expose a child to".

He said Reid had told police he'd bought the items overseas using an alias.

He said it was a "relatively low level" example of producing drugs, there were no drugs in the home, and sentenced him on the basis it was not commerically motivated.

Reid was given 120 hours of community service.


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