Custody denied on meth lab charges

THREE more charges have been laid against Dean Anthony Lovett, the Gympie man accused of cooking up drugs in his home on Station Road.

Police discovered the “meth lab” on Saturday after visiting Lovett's home to give him a notice to appear in court for a May 7 offence of failing to dispose of a needle and syringe.

Lovett's refusal to co-operate was enough grounds for police to arrest and take him into custody, however a crying baby inside the house gave them reason to investigate further.

Officers noticed a pungent smell and found a metal box with two backpacks containing all the chemicals, glassware and equipment required for two clandestine drug laboratories.

Lovett was taken into custody and appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday to make an application for bail, which was denied on the basis that there was a high risk of him committing further offences which would endanger the safety of the public.

He was charged with production of a dangerous drug, possession of a dangerous drug and for a separate charge of failing to dispose of a needle and syringe.

The matter was adjourned until yesterday so Lovett could get a lawyer, even though he demanded to represent himself for a plea of guilty on Monday, stating that he wanted to either be sent to jail or go home.

Defence lawyer Ripley Perkins managed to convince Lovett to wait it out in custody for three weeks and asked for the matter to be adjourned to June 21 for a mention.

New charges were laid for possessing a document of instructions on how to produce methyl amphetamines; possession of two reactors and three condensers; and the possession of various utensils used in the production of methyl amphetamines.

Lovett did not enter any plea and was remanded in custody until the matter is finalised.

Gympie Times


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