Meth lab found under kitchen table in Nambour raid

A MAN who used to swim 11km of butterfly a day had reached a depth of drug addiction so low he started to cook his own methamphetamine, a court has heard.

An acrid smell drew police officers' attention to the kitchen of Paul Loris Bishop's Nambour home when they raided the property on September 9 last year.

The 38-year-old led them into the room and showed them components of a clandestine drug laboratory under a table.

Maroochydore District Court was told on Monday Bishop and his partner had taken turns to buy pseudoephedrine every fortnight to be converted into methamphetamine.

Legal officer Kanchan Deo said Bishop was frank with police officers, telling them he was sick and tired of paying so much for his habit.

He learned how to make the drug from the internet and had done five or six cooks in the year leading up to the raid.

His largest yield was 2.3g, of which he gave away half.

Defence barrister David James tendered a psychologist's report which contained reference to Bishop's former swimming exploits.

"Did he really swim 11km of butterfly a day?" Judge John Robertson asked.

"Yes sir," Bishop said.

"He was in the same training team as Geoff Huegill," Mr James added.

Judge Robertson said Bishop's frank admissions to police entitled him to special leniency in sentencing.

He noted Bishop had made significant efforts to rid his life of drugs but warned him he would end up in jail if he returned to his old ways.

Bishop was sentenced to 18 months in prison with immediate parole.


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