Meth lab uncovered in Scarness

POLICE spent yesterday searching a Hervey Bay home after allegedly uncovering a meth lab at the property on Tuesday night.

A specialist drug squad arrived at the Boat Harbour Drive, Scarness, house yesterday morning, where various items were seized and chemicals sent to Brisbane for testing.

Brendon Geoffrey Gamble, a tenant at the property, appeared in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday on charges of possessing dangerous drugs, possessing utensils, permitting use of place and possessing a relevant substance (pseudoephedrine).

Police have not ruled out laying further charges against the 28-year-old as a result of ongoing investigations.

Prosecutor Jeanette Grigoris said the charges were serious and that the prosecution’s evidence against Gamble was strong.

She opposed Gamble’s application for bail, saying he had a previous breach of bail in 2003.

“There is an unacceptable risk of committing further offences,” Senior Constable Grigoris said.

Defence lawyer John Milburn said Gamble lived in a high-set home and was not aware of the “activities” going on in the downstairs area of the home.

The first thing Gamble planned to do when he was released from custody, Mr Milburn said, was to get away from the house and all the people constantly “dropping in” by removing himself from the lease and going to live with his mother in Kawungan.

He said that due to his client’s “passive nature” rather than “active involvement” in the alleged production of methylamphetamine, Gamble should not be considered a threat to the safety and welfare of the public.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell granted bail, telling Gamble not to put himself in a position where he could commit further offences.

Gamble will reappear in court on January 28.

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