Man found with 8000 ecstasy pills

POLICE found more than 8000 ecstasy pills hidden inside the back seat of a car being driven to the Gold Coast from Coffs Harbour just in time for Schoolies, a court has heard.

James Andrew Moir, 26, has pleaded guilty to possession of the tablets and 81 grams of cocaine powder.

His haul of drugs was found when police intercepted his car at Palm Beach in November, 2009.

The Supreme Court in Brisbane was told Moir was being monitored by a police operation when he drove to NSW to pick up the drugs and took them back to the Gold Coast.

The court was told police had to disassemble the back seat in the car to find the cache of 8716 tablets, which turned out to contain very low doses of methylamphetamine.

Moir initially denied his involvement saying he was returning from a golf jaunt at Coffs Harbour.

Justice Martin Daubney sentenced Moir to three years jail and noted the drugs would have hit the streets of Surfers Paradise and been available to thousands of young people celebrating at Schoolies.

Report it, don’t ignore it – that’s the latest plea from police and Coffs Harbour City Council to curb crime.

The program encourages residents to report all incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour, no matter how minor they seem.

“Sometimes people are reluctant to report issues, considering them too minor or thinking that there’s nothing police can do,” said Coffs/Clarence officer, Senior Constable David Fish.