They're not lolllies: Some of the ecstasy pills found in Keith Singleton's Arthurs Point pad earlier this month. PICTURE: NZ POLICE


An Irishman’s looking at jail time after police found more than 2400 ecstasy pills at his Arthurs Point home.

Keith Singleton, 30, was on Tuesday convicted on two charges of dealing the ‘Pink Strawberry’ party pills when he appeared in Queenstown’s court.

Prosecuting sergeant Ian Collin said police executed a search warrant at his home in the Bullendale subdivision on December 9.

While there, they found 2431 pills of the Class B-controlled drug in Singleton’s bedroom and garage.

Cops estimate the street value at $121,500.

Most of the pills were found in Skittles and M&M lolly bags inside a suitcase filled with Singleton’s partner’s clothes.

Police also found $3260 in cash hidden beneath a set of drawers in his bedroom, which he admitted was the proceeds of selling 65 pills.

Each pill sells for $50, Collin said.

Singleton, who’s been on bail since his arrest, admitted charges of possessing ecstasy for supply and supply of ecstasy.

Both carry a maximum penalty of 14 years’ prison.

He’s on a work visa and has been working as a labourer for an electrician’s firm.

His lawyer, Michael Walker, said Singleton ‘‘knows he’s made a grave mistake and is aware of the consequences of that mistake’’.

Judge Bernadette Farnan told Singleton he ‘‘may have been somewhat naive’’.

‘‘You didn’t appreciate the significance of your offending, and the seriousness of it.’’

Despite police opposition, Farnan remanded him on bail, till March 15.

She did, however, impose tighter bail conditions.

That includes non-contact with his partner, a nightly curfew, and a ban on entering licensed premises, except for supermarkets.