CONVICTED: Ashley David Percy Leis (left) was released on parole after jail time already served for drug and property offences. He is pictured with an unknown supporter (centre) and his legal representative (right).
CONVICTED: Ashley David Percy Leis (left) was released on parole after jail time already served for drug and property offences. He is pictured with an unknown supporter (centre) and his legal representative (right). Contributed

Barrels found near Gympie crammed with 112 drug lab parts

A MOTHAR Mountain man's "cooking equipment" will not make him a "master chef" and his kitchen will never rule, following his appearance in Gympie Magistrates Court this week.

Police told the court Ashley David Percy Will Leis, 27, had been the man in possession of two large plastic barrels, found in long grass at Wilson's Pocket.

The barrels contained several thousand dollars worth of drug production glassware and other equipment, including flasks, containers, funnels, distillation heads, condensers and a pot which appeared to have been used as a reaction vessel.

Leis had denied any link to what magistrate Chris Callaghan called "cooking equipment," which had been found packed in bubble wrap fastened with duct tape.

But Leis could not explain his fingerprints on the pot and some other items, police told the court.

 

Police accused a Mothar Mountain man of possessing glassware which appeared to have been used for manufacturing ice.
Police accused a Mothar Mountain man of possessing glassware which appeared to have been used for manufacturing ice. kaarsten

Leis pleaded guilty to unlawfully using a motor vehicle at Kybong, stealing a number plate, receiving a tainted lawn mower and failing to dispose of syringes on various dates between December 27, 2016 and January 2 last year.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing laboratory equipment for producing drugs between April 1 and May 8, 2016.

The court was told the lab equipment amounted to 112 suspected drug lab exhibits, which had been taken to Brisbane for testing.

Leis also pleaded guilty to breaking into a Tamaree building and stealing crowbars, garden poison, shovels, a chain saw and a ride-on mower, as well as possessing used syringes which had not been properly disposed of, at Goomboorian.

Mr Callaghan noted the glassware offences were committed while Leis was on parole.

The unlawful use offence was committed outside the parole period, but at a time when Leis was still on a suspended sentence and probation.

The court was told Leis had previously had a problem with ice but had now been clean for two years, after a period in custody.

Mr Callaghan said Leis had served 15 months in custody from January 6, 2017 to April 6, 2018 while awaiting trial on the offences before the court on Tuesday.

He imposed a head sentence of two years jail, with 15 months already served and ordered the remaining nine months be suspended for that nine months.

He also placed Leis on parole for the same period for unlawful use of the motor vehicle.

Gympie Times


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