Hervey Bay man found with five books on drug making

A MAN has been fined $1500 after he was found with five books which gave instructions on how to make dangerous drugs, including methylamphetamine, also known as ice.  

Matthew James Coleman, 38, pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to five counts of possessing instructions for producing dangerous drugs, possessing cannabis and possessing utensils relating to drugs.  

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jeanette Grigoris said the books were found in Coleman's Kawungan home after police executed a search warrant on November 23.  

She said some marijuana was sitting in a bowl on a table.  

While searching the home police also found the books which gave detailed instructions on how to make drugs, including ice, psychotropic drugs and LSD.  

Defence lawyer Trinity McGarvie said Coleman did not own the books and had received them from a friend.  

He was going to destroy them before his mother returned but was wary the friend may react badly if he destroyed the books.  

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell fined Coleman $1500 which was referred to the State Penalties and Enforcement Register.  


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