Drugs lab was next to playground

ANNE CLARKSON
Last updated 14:17 30/11/2012

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A man has admitted his part in a methamphetamine laboratory found next to a children's playground in Casebrook in September last year.

At a pre-trial appearance in Christchurch District Court, Peter John Gason, 41, pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing substances to make the drug, and possessing equipment to manufacture it.

At the time of Gason's earlier appearance on the charges, Detective Sergeant Dorothy McPhail said the clandestine  drugs lab was in a house next to a children's playground.

The house was at high risk but so were the neighbouring homes, and any children using the playground if there had been an explosion, she said.

Judge Jane Farish remanded Gason on bail to a Crown sentencing on December 19. She ordered a pre-sentence report.

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