Meth cook out of jail, expected to live in CQ

A KIN Kin methylamphetamine cook was yesterday planning to catch the next flight to Mackay after his guilty plea resulted in his release from custody.

Adam Arthur Carstein had already served 833 days when he was sentenced in Brisbane Supreme Court to four and a half years in jail for his role producing drugs in a trafficking operation.

Justice Peter Lyons suspended the sentence immediately, saying Carstein had already spent more time in custody than a person would normally have been ordered to serve for this offending.

Crown prosecutor David Nardone said "six cooks took place" at a Kin Kin property in early 2014 as part of a wider Sunshine Coast drug ring.

Stuart Gordon, who was running that trafficking operation, was sentenced to 10 years in jail and must serve 80% of that time behind bars.

Carstein, who was aged 30 at the time of the Kin Kin offences, pleaded guilty to trafficking and producing methylamphetamines, possessing drugs and glassware and other drug-related offences.

Defence barrister Simon Lewis said his client's offending occurred after a 12-year relationship broke down.

"Whilst he had dabbled in drugs prior to that, once that's occurred, his life started to spiral out of control," he said.

Mr Lewis said Carstein ended up homeless and was offered a place to stay at Kin Kin.

He said Stuart Gordon had an "already flourishing business" and Carstein had played just a small part in it.

"He got some drugs, or a taste as it's colloquially referred to. He did not profit in any way," he said.

"He was a drug addict with nowhere to live. He was perhaps an easy target."

Carstein also pleaded guilty to possessing phosphorous, pseudoephedrine and a Taser but Mr Lewis said his client was holding them for someone else, not for his own use.

Mr Lewis said his client's family lived in Mackay and Carstein's brother was waiting to buy a plane ticket for him.

"He does not intend to return to the Sunshine Coast which was the source of his problems," he said.

Co-accused Shaun Ian Gordon also pleaded guilty to his involvement in trafficking and producing drugs in 2013 and 2014. His case was adjourned to September 26.

- ARM NEWSDESK

Gympie Times

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