Man fined for ecstasy 'smuggling'

A FESTIVAL-GOER who tried to smuggle drugs and alcohol into Coffs Harbour’s Warm Winter’s Day last month has had his day in court.

Matthew William Archer, 20, of Waratah West, Newcastle was fined a total of $500, found guilty of two counts of possessing a prohibited drug.

Archer was found to be carrying two ecstasy tablets when searched by security guards while trying to enter the Coffs Harbour Showground on June 13 at 4.15pm.

The matter was reported to police and officers attended the scene.

Archer was carrying a plastic container otherwise known as a Kinda Surprise in his front pocket.

The court heard police found two green ecstasy tablets featuring a devil motif inside, which Archer said he bought off an unknown man at a Newcastle hotel.

A search also found he was carrying two foils of cannabis and had a 200ml bottle of bourbon strapped to his leg.

ANOTHER visitor to the coast has also been found guilty of drug charges in the Coffs Harbour Local Court.

Matthew Waring, 22, from Lochinvar near Maitland, answered to a charge of driving under the influence of drugs.

Police told the court he was stopped in Pullen Street, Mullaway, on December 17 last year.

Officers noticed he was tailgating the car in front after pulling off the Pacific Highway.

Waring was stopped and officers noticed his speech was slurred and his eyes were glazed.

A passenger in the car was then seen trying to hide a plastic bong, the court was told.

Waring later tested positive to cannabis admitting to police he smoked the drug at Newcastle and Bulahdelah while driving to Coffs Harbour.

He was disqualified from driving for six months and fined $500.

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