Man caught with 6000 ecstasy pills

A MAN caught by police at Tannum Sands with more than 6000 ecstasy tablets bound for Cairns intended “huge scale trafficking” but now faces more time in a prison cell.

Brenton Wayne Keith Harrington, 26, of Cairns, appeared for sentence in the Supreme Court at Rockhampton yesterday after pleading guilty to eight charges including unlawfully trafficking methylamphetamine, unlawfully supplying dangerous drugs and four counts of possessing a dangerous drug.

Justice Duncan McMeekin sentenced him to four-and-a-half years in prison.

On November 12, 2008, Harrington was spotted by police acting suspiciously at the Cattle Creek boat ramp in Tannum Sands with an associate.

When police searched the vehicle they found 115g of methamphetamine, 6388 ecstasy tablets, and a small amount of cannabis.

The tablets weighed 1.3kg and Harrington had $1150 in cash.

The court heard yesterday that he had bought the drugs in Sydney and was taking them to Cairns with the intention of selling them and making $20,000.

Justice McMeekin said Harrington was set to embark on a life of crime when he was caught.

He said a prison sentence must be imposed to deter others from supplying drugs which harmed people.

He said it was appropriate for Harrington to be given a discount of more than 10 months for time spent in custody on other drug charges which he has yet to plead to in Cairns.

Harrington will be eligible for parole in February next year.



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