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Judge gives warning to lovers after dual drug bust

GLANCES shot across Gladstone District court as two lovers were reunited for the first time in eight months after their dual bust for drug production offences.

The pair, Mitchell Mason and Kristy Lewis, embraced in the dock as they awaited sentencing on June 19.

Mason, who has been in custody since a search warrant was executed at his West Gladstone home on October 8 of last year, had not seen his fiance in the time since.

The couple was warned by defence barrister Tom Polley to restrain from affection while in the court.

Mason was adamant that prison had forced him to get clean, and after he had served his time, he would not return again.

What he wasn't expecting, however, was to be granted an immediate parole release.

Judge David Reid took into account pre-sentence custody amounting to 253 days and the struggles Mason was facing in prison in his decision to grant an immediate parole date.

He sentenced Mason to two-and-a-half years imprisonment.

Lewis was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, with an immediate parole release date.

Mason's brother and mother were present in the courtroom, listening to the fate of their loved one.

"Don't cry Mum. I'm sorry. I love you and miss you," Mason called out over the glass window of the dock.

The co-defendants were living together at a residence in West Gladstone on September 19 when the first of two search warrants uncovered a methylamphetamine drug lab.

Mason was charged with an array of drug charges and released from custody on bail soon afterwards.

Within three weeks, police executed another search warrant which again uncovered large quantities of chemicals and precursor materials.

The drug lab was laced with Mason's fingerprints and he was subsequently remanded in custody.

Lewis's six-year-old son was living at the property at the time and consequently taken from her care as a result of the numerous drug charges.

Judge David Reid said the inability of Mason and Lewis to clean up their act after the first search warrant demonstrated "persistence and disobedience".

He also issued a grave warning to Lewis.

"It does not take an iota of intelligence to know that if you continue to engage in drugs, your children are going to offend. That's the legacy you are creating," he said.

The lab was well established, with all necessary materials for production.

The pair expressed a desire to leave Gladstone as soon as possible.

Topics:  drug production, drug related offences, gladstone crime, gladstone district court



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