Alleged Bundy drug lab is busted

A PAIR caught producing suspected speed in a home-made meth lab applied for bail in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday.

Jared Benjamin Farrant, 21, and Emmah Louise Hobdell, 20, both of Bundaberg South, were arrested when police raided a Kensington Street address about 2.40pm on Wednesday.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Fiona Ward told the court police executed a search warrant at the home.

They announced their presence and knocked on the door but no one answered, though officers heard movement inside.

Police forced entry through the rear door of the home where they found a metal silver vessel connected to a glass condenser on the stove.

Snr Const. Ward said police recognised the combination of equipment as that required in the manufacturing of illicit drugs however tests have not yet been carried out to confirm if the drug was indeed speed.

The Illicit Laboratory Investigation Team from Brisbane was called to the scene to inspect and disassemble the suspected meth lab yesterday.

Defence Lawyer Nick Larter said Farrant had two pages of history but no entries for drug offences.

Mr Larter submitted his client be allowed bail on the condition he resided at his Bundaberg South home.

Defence Lawyer Thomas Bray said his client, Hobdell, had no criminal history.

She did not answer the door when police executed the search warrant and when interviewed, said she was aware the methylamphetamine was being cooked on the stove.

Both of the defendants had been held in custody overnight.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts granted both Farrant and Hobdell bail.

Farrant was released on the condition he reside at Bundaberg South and report to the Bundaberg Police Station every Monday and Friday.

Hobdell was released on the condition of residing at the same residence. Both are set to appear for committal mention in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on September 20.

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