Photo: Peter Evans of P.J. Evans and Co. Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Photo: Peter Evans of P.J. Evans and Co. Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Rockhampton business: We’re not involved with drug cooks

ROCKHAMPTON business man Peter Evans wants the community to know he wasn't involved in cooking methamphetamine.

The Queensland Court of Appeal last week heard two men convicted of cooking and selling the drug sourced their ingredients through an employee of mining company Joy Manufacturing and PJ Evans and Co.

The local business supplied 140 litres of hypophosphorous acid over seven orders in the early 2000's, to a bill of $20,000.

An expert revealed it was enough acid to cook a maximum of 310kg of methamphetamine.

The purchaser told the supplier the acid was going to be used for cleaning.

But Mr Evans said he was no way involved in the drug-making process and had no reason to believe the chemicals would be used for anything other than cleaning.

"I don't know anything about the product, I now know it can be used for making drugs," he said.

"But we don't know the purpose of half the chemicals we sell and usually it's legal.

 

"Not too many of these chemicals are controlled substances like this one.

"I just want people to know that we weren't involved in drug making.

"It makes it appear that anybody who wants to be involved in drugs can get their gear from us."

Mr Evans said the acid, a controlled substance, was subject to strict checks and balances upon sale, all of which were met at each transaction.

"We can't just sell it over the counter, we have to have signatures and the purchaser virtually has to give us a (statutory declaration) for the purpose that they're using," he said.

"We got signatures to the affect, these were all later examined by police and found to be above board.

"We actually gave evidence at the trial of the guys involved so it was quite legal.

"In their case they said it was to be used for cleaning instruments and we don't know much about these chemicals. We thought they were going to use it for what they said they were going to use it for.

"It was quite comical actually, we had the initial request and we sourced it and supplied it with all the right paperwork, the guy came back to us a couple of months later and needed some more.

"It was paid for each time.

"We had no suspicions, we were assuming they were using it for what they were intending it for."

He said after the men were caught out, he was extra vigilant in supplying the acid.

"We contacted the drug squad and police and they told us what to do with the order," he said.

The two men charged for trafficking and producing the finished product received proceeds of crime to the value of $28 million.

The Queensland Court of Appeal ordered the men pay $7 million each.


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