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Man, 36, charged with producing drugs is remanded in custody

DRUG BUST: Police tape surrounds a home on Alexandra Street in East Bundaberg where police discovered a suspected drug lab. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
DRUG BUST: Police tape surrounds a home on Alexandra Street in East Bundaberg where police discovered a suspected drug lab. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

RODNEY Reegan Bayliss was allegedly trying to hide in the pantry when police executed a search warrant at an East Bundaberg house.

Mr Bayliss, 36, faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with producing and possessing dangerous drugs after police  found a methamphetamine lab at an Alexandra St home on January 12.

While there was no application for bail in relation to the alleged drug offences, Magistrate John Smith read out the charges against Bayliss.

He said Mr Bayliss was accused of producing methamphetamine between December 1 last year and January 13 this year.

Mr Smith said Bayliss was also charged with two counts of possession of dangerous drugs.

The court heard on January 12 Bayliss allegedly had methamphetamine, cannabis, scales and a pipe in his possession.

Defence lawyer Rian Dwyer asked Mr Smith to deal with a charge against Bayliss after he failed to appear in court on August 3 last year.

He said Bayliss was a carer for his mother - who was seated in the back of the court room on Wednesday supporting her son.

Mr Dwyer said despite Bayliss's "five pages of criminal history", he had no other fail to appear on his record.

However the court heard a bench warrant had been issued for Bayliss after he failed to appear in the Bundaberg District Court on drug misuse act offences.

Bayliss was fined $1000 for failing to appear and the outstanding charges, including possessing and producing dangerous drugs, were adjourned until March 3.

The accused was remanded in custody but before he could be removed from the court room, proceedings were interrupted as a member of the public burst into the room yelling towards Bayliss.

"They set me up; they set me up with a point in my room," he yelled.

The man was quickly ushered out of the court room.



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