Nabbed at drug lab, man avoids jail time

THE lab on a Buddina property was all set up and ready to produce illicit methylamphetamine, until 10 minutes later when the police rolled in and arrested two men.

Despite being found at the scene on July 18, 2013, Ivan Wayne Hudson managed to avoid an extended stint in prison after police found he had played no active role in the illegal drug operation.

Hudson was sentenced in Maroochydore District Court on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a dangerous drug in excess of two grams. He had a quantity of gamma hydroxybutric acid (GHB) when police raided the Buddina home.

Hudson, 49 at the time of the offence, had endured a long battle with drug-related issues, the court heard.

His defence barrister spoke of his client's rapid spiral into serious drug abuse and said Hudson intended to return to New South Wales to live with family if he avoided jail time.

Judge John Robertson acknowledged Hudson had only temporary possession of the GHB and had not played any other role in the production of methylamphetamine at the lab.

Hudson was sentenced to one month in jail, wholly suspended for six months.


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