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Pill throwers sentenced

LENNOX Head man Justin Villiers yesterday said he “deeply regretted” asking his girlfriend to throw almost 600 ecstasy pills out his car window while they were being followed by police on October 15 last year.

Villiers, 26, was sentenced to three years in jail with a non-parole period of 21 months for supplying a commercial quantity of ecstasy.

He and Cole, 19, also of Lennox Head, were in a fast-food restaurant at a Chinderah service station last October when CCTV recorded Villiers taking part in a drug deal with another man.

They then left and were driving south along the Pacific Highway when a police car indicated for them to stop.

As the car slowed , police saw small tablets being thrown from the car window.

Officers picked up 590 pink pills along a 300-metre stretch of the highway. Tests confirmed the tablets were MDMA, or ecstasy.

Speaking in Lismore District Court, Villiers said he was “deeply ashamed” of the incident.

He had told Cole to throw the pills out the window.

“It was a wrong choice, a silly choice,” he said.

But Villiers refused to name the person for whom he was doing the drug run, saying he feared for the safety of his friends and family.

“I have been warned not to do it,” he said.

Villiers also told the court he did the drug run to clear a $400 debt.

Judge James Black said it was “quite outrageous” that Villiers had involved Cole.

“This just should not have happened ... she did not have the opportunity to reflect on the situation,” Mr Black said.

Villiers will be eligible for parole on July 14 next year. Cole was convicted of being an accessory after the fact to the supply of ecstasy and was put on a 12-month good behaviour bond.



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