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Jury out on meth trial

AN ALLEGED drug trafficker was still waiting to hear his fate late Thursday afternoon.

Despite deliberating for six hours, the jury in Carl Richard Statham's trial was still out.

Mr Statham pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court to possessing, producing and trafficking methylamphetamine.

But he admitted he possessed the chemicals and equipment needed to create the drug at his semi-rural Westbrook property, near Toowoomba.

Defence barrister James Godbolt argued having the chemicals and equipment did not mean Mr Statham was producing methylamphetamine.

Police found the items in a shed formerly used as a piggery on the property during a raid in May, 2012.

Officers involved in the raid and a forensic chemist testified during the trial.

Queensland Health clandestine laboratory department supervisor Peter Culshaw said he found methylamphetamine residue on several items he analysed.

- APN NEWSDESK


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