Lab found at Cannonvale home

FORENSIC EVIDENCE: A specialised Drug Squad from Brisbane was called to attend the scene of a 'drug-bust' at a Shute Harbour Road address last week.
FORENSIC EVIDENCE: A specialised Drug Squad from Brisbane was called to attend the scene of a 'drug-bust' at a Shute Harbour Road address last week.

THREE men have been charged with producing dangerous drugs, following the discovery of a clandestine drug lab at a residential home in Cannonvale.

Mathew Norman Deas, John Joseph Kennedy and Shane Henry Roberts were arrested after police executed a search warrant at the Shute Harbour Road address at about 9am last Thursday, finding the remnants of a 'pop-up lab' believed to have been used in the production of methylamphetamine.

The men were brought before the Proserpine Magistrate's Court on Friday morning in police custody.

Police prosecutor Elizabeth Cassells objected to bail on the grounds that a specialised forensic unit from Brisbane was conducting an examination of the site and further charges were expected to be laid.

The matter was stood down until 4pm that day. By that time, Whitsunday Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) had formally laid several additional charges.

In addition to being conjointly charged with drug production and possessing relevant substances and items used in the commission of a crime, extra charges were laid against Deas for possession of methylamphetamine and permitting a dwelling to be used for the production of a dangerous drug. Roberts also faced additional charges of possessing and supplying cannabis, and possession of a water pipe.

All three men were bailed after lengthy submissions were made by duty lawyer Sherrie Meade. Bail was initially opposed for Kennedy, who could not, at first, provide an address and Deas, who has criminal history of a drug-related nature.

Magistrate Ron Muirhead found the men were able to "show-cause" as to why they should be granted bail. The case was adjourned until February 6.

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