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League player jailed for ecstasy stash

Published: 4:51PM Tuesday July 11, 2006 Source: RNZ

A former rugby league player with the New Zealand Maoris has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail in Australia for possessing a commercial quantity of ecstasy tablets. 

Chris Nahi, 32, was a member of the now defunct Gold Coast Chargers and played representative football at test level for the New Zealand Maoris.

The ABC reports Gold Coast police found more than 1,000 ecstasy tablets hidden in a lampshade at his Carrara home in February last year.

Nahi pleaded guilty to possessing a commercial quantity of a dangerous drug in the Gold Coast Supreme Court on Tuesday.

His lawyer Greg Maguire said Nahi had struggled with a drug problem most of his life and was now doing everything he could to rehabilitate himself.

Justice Debbie Mullins ordered Nahi's jail term be suspended after 10 months.  He will face court again later this year for unrelated offences.

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