Friday, 22 August 2008

Jail term for 'baking' drugs at home

A Southern Tasmanian man who made illegal drugs from cold and flu tablets has been jailed for three and a half years.

The Hobart Criminal Court heard the drugs had a potential street value of between $15,000-$60,000.

Carey John Green used cold and flu tablets to produce methylamphetamines at his Dysart property.

In July 2006, police found $23,000 cash, chemicals, drugs and equipment when they searched the property.

The Court heard the 44-year-old had a history of being a "backyard amphetamine cook'' to support his own drug habit.

The court heard Green was grossly obese and had health problems which would make his time in jail difficult.

He will serve two-and-half-years before being eligible for parole.

Green's partner, 47-year-old Gail Ann Pearce, today received a four month suspended sentence for buying cold and flu tablets used by Green in his drug operation.

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