Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Ex-Convict Drug Cook with 'Appalling History' Pleads Guilty, Judge Suspends Jail Sentence

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Ex-Convict Drug Cook with 'Appalling History' Pleads Guilty, Judge Suspends Jail Sentence

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A DRUG cook who had his stomach surgically moved to his chest after ingesting caustic soda pleaded guilty to four drug production- related charges in the Supreme Court at Rockhampton last week.

John Leslie Gray, 44, had been in custody since September last year after his non-operational methamphetamine lab, set up in his mother's Bundaberg home, was shut down by police in April, 2009.

The court heard Gray spent much of his pre-sentence custody in hospital undergoing 23 operations to move his stomach to the top right side of his chest after he accidentally ingested caustic soda in 2011.

Crown prosecutor Hamish McIntyre told the court police searched the home and found a drug lab "capable of being used in the past" along with glass ware, a condenser, a camp stove and 21 clip-seal bags.

Mr McIntyre said Gray had an "appalling history" and was previously sentenced to seven years behind bars for producing methamphetamine in 1999.

Defence barrister Tom Polley said the father of three was "in the grips of drug use" at the time of offending. …

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