Police: accused drug cook had 8 litres of pseudoephedrine

AN ACCUSED Sunshine Coast drug trafficker had enough chemicals to cook nearly 1.5kg of meth a court heard.

Michael Allan Cornick has denied producing dangerous drugs.

He has pleaded not guilty at the Brisbane Supreme Court to a number of drug charges, including producing drugs. He has pleaded guilty to others.

Yesterday the court heard police claim Cornick was found in possession of eight litres of liquid pseudoephedrine, one litre of hypophosphorous acid and more than 5kg of iodine pills.

A drug expert testified that if these were combined they could produce 1.37kg of methylamphetamine.

A gas cooker that police also claim was found in Cornick's possession tested positive to traces of methylamphetamine.

The court heard the quantity of chemicals and the cooker were consistent with the operation of a drug lab.

Cornick was arrested at a Childers service station with drugs he had agreed to sell to an undercover police officer.

The court heard he agreed to provide the officer's "friends", actually more police, with about half a kilogram of meth in exchange for 30kg of the drug mephedrone and $20,000 cash.

He was able to provide the meth with only one day's notice.

The drug expert on Wednesday yesterday described to the jury how a pill press works and the chemical make-up of many drugs including ecstasy and fantasy - which Cornick is accused of being involved in.

The trial continues.

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