Topics:  car, drug lab, drugs, forensic tests, jail sentence, police, warwick magistrates court

Finger of blame

A MAN has been slapped with a jail sentence after his fingerprint was found on a drug lab in his car.

Tony Daniel Schneider spent 12 days behind bars after police found the lab when they intercepted his vehicle in Wallace St.

The Warwick Magistrates Court this week heard the drug lab comprised a gas burner, containers and glassware and had been used to make amphetamines.

Schneider denied any knowledge of the lab, telling police it belonged to his friend, Craig Stanley Kemp.

The 24-year-old said Kemp had put a number of boxes and bags in the boot when he picked him up in Stanthorpe that morning.

Despite his pleas of innocence, forensic tests revealed that one of Schneider's fingerprints were on the gas burner.

During an interview with police, Schneider was unable to explain the fingerprint however defence lawyer Phillip Crook yesterday said he could now clear it up.

Mr Crook said some of Kemp's belongings had rolled out of a bag when it was being put into the boot and he had picked them up for him.

Magistrate Graham Lee said jail was the only option for Schneider, whom the court heard had been jailed previously for similar offences.

He was this week sentenced to nine months jail but was given immediate parole.

Kemp admitted to owning the drug lab and was last month sentenced to six months jail, wholly suspended for 18 months.

He told the court he was a drug addict who was likely to reoffend and he asked to be sent to jail.



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