‘Disturbing’: Druggie’s shed filled with meth, coke and guns
A man jailed for possessing large quantities of cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana hopes to stay away from drugs when released from prison so he can help care for his three children after their mother died last month in a crash.
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Kody John Cook, 34, was sentenced in the Supreme Court in Rockhampton on April 28 for possessing the drugs, along charges of producing a dangerous drug, possessing firearms and ammunition and items used in the commission of a drug crime.
Cook pleaded guilty to the charges which arose from police searches in the Maryborough area in June and July 2020.
Police searched Cook's Oakhurst residence on June 17, finding three males at the residence but not Cook.
Police located 2.48g of marijuana and 0.57g of meth, along with four bullets on a bookshelf.
Cook does not have a firearms licence.
Police also searched a shed Cook was staying in with his then partner at Dunmora on July 15.
On the ground next to where Cook slept was a pistol loaded with six bullets and two oxycodone tablets.
Police also located 18.23g of pure cocaine, 1.9g of pure meth and another clip seal bag of meth containing 1.86g of the illicit substance.
Cook also had $17,850 cash in one location and a further $7,250 in a Nike backpack in his possession.
Defence barrister Callan Cassidy said his client claimed the cash was part of the proceeds of two car sales and a superannuation pay out.
Police found two bullets in the Nike backpack, and in another location, found a further two bullets and scales.
A further 18.62g of cocaine was found in the Nike backpack.
Decomposed plant material, identified as marijuana weighing 54.5g, was also located by police.
On a glass table in the living area, police found 2.67g of a cutting agent, unused clip seal bags, several clip seal bags containing MDMA, a small amount of Viagra, a glass pipe and three mobile phones.
Police also located another tub container of a cutting agent weighing 6.33g of pure substance, along with a kitchen cooking utensil containing a brown substance which was analysed to be 7.76g of a cutting agent, plus a bottle of the cutting agent was found in liquid form.
In a white ute, police located six more bullets and a used glass pipe.
In a Kia hatchback, police located a 12-gauge shotgun loaded with two rounds.
In another vehicle, police located a bolt-action rifle and ammunition.
Crown prosecutor Elise Sargent said the crown alleged commerciality due to the large presence of cash, different drugs found in different locations and packaged in saleable qualities, along with the unused clip seal bags, scales and cutting agent.
Justice Graeme Crow accepted the cash may have been from car sales.
He said with no ticks sheets and no other evidence - such as electronic messages - which was usually found in drug supply cases, along with Cook's long association with drugs, he could accept a large portion of the drugs was for personal use.
However, Justice Crow said "the sheer amount", the types of drugs and the multiple weapons located was indicative some of the drugs were "destined for commercial use".
"The presence of firearms for protection is particularly disturbing," he said.
Justice Crow said Cook's criminal record involved about eight prior sentences for drugs.
The court heard Cook turned to drugs after his father died by suicide while in custody.
Mr Cassidy said Cook hoped to stay away from drugs when released on parole so he could help look after his three young children aged five, three and two.
He said the children were currently being looked after by their mother's parents and his client's parents after their mother, Kirsty Spry, died in a car crash last month.
Mr Cassidy said Cook and Ms Spry had been in an 'on again, off again' relationship for about 10 years.
Justice Crow ordered Cook to a three-year prison sentence, declared 287 days presentence custody and set parole release for October 27, 2021.
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