Passenger had 57 ecstasy pills

THE passenger of a car was allegedly found with 57 ecstasy tablets yesterday after police stopped the vehicle for a random breath test.

Police said the driver of the car fled on foot after being stopped on the Pacific Highway at Banora Point about 1.50am for the traffic operation Go Slow.

Meanwhile, a search of his 24-year-old passenger allegedly uncovered the 57 ecstasy tablets.

The Banora Point man has been charged with possession and supply of illegal drugs and other outstanding traffic matters.

He will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court today.

Police were still searching for the driver yesterday.

As the officers continued their breath-testing operation on the Pacific Highway they were approached by a drunken man who threatened them when they tried to move him on.

“Police tried to speak to him and get him off the highway so he didn't get hurt,” Sergeant Garry Jardine of Tweed/Byron Police said.

“He wouldn't comply and he was verbally abusive to police.”

The 29-year-old Banora Point man is alleged to have been armed with a block of wood which he told police was for defence against street gangs.

He has been charged with disobeying a reasonable direction and resisting police in the execution of their duty and will appear in court on May 11.

In an unrelated matter, a man was charged with driving under the influence of drugs after he was stopped at Wommin Bay Road, Kingscliff, on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Kingscliff man was pulled over for an RBT about 6.15pm and was allegedly found with a small amount of cannabis in his possession.

Police subjected the man to a blood test before charging him with drug offences and unlicensed driving.

Sgt Jardine said the man was further charged with the break-and-enter of a Salt home last year.

He was refused bail and will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court today.

Tweed Highway Patrol officers said they had issued “numerous” drink-driving charges over the weekend and were disappointed by the results. Operation Go Slow will finish at midnight tonight.

In Coolangatta, a police officer will have to undergo disease testing after a female prisoner spat in his face yesterday.

The 31-year-old woman was in police custody at the Coolangatta watchhouse and a male officer was helping her wash her face when she allegedly spat directly into his eyes and face.

The woman, a Coolangatta resident, has been charged with one count each of public nuisance, obstructing police and serious assault. She was refused bail and is due to appear at Coolangatta Magistrates Court today.

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