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14 kilograms of cannabis found in van - Operation Northmore

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 03:00:57 AM

***Editors note: Images of the operation, including the drugs seized will be uploaded to social media.***

A man has been charged after police allegedly located over 14kg of cannabis in sealed packs in his van during Operation Northmore, near the Queensland and New South Wales border.

Between Friday 26 May and Sunday 29 May 2017, officer from the Traffic & Highway Patrol with assistance from Queensland Police and New England Local Area Command, conducted Operation Northmore, a traffic operation targeting heavy vehicles and dangerous driving in Bogabilla and surrounding areas.

About 8.50am on Sunday (29 May 2017), officers from New England stopped a rental van on Merriwa Street, Bogabilla.

Following investigations, officers searched the van and allegedly located more than 14 kilograms of cannabis in vacuum sealed bags under a row of seats. The drugs were seized and will undergo forensic examinations.

The driver, a 29-year-old Victorian man, was arrested and taken to Bogabilla Police Station and charged with supply indictable quantity of drugs.

He was refused bail and is due to appear at Moree Local Court on 14 June 2017.

During the operation, officers;

-Charged two people with drink-driving,

-Found 16 people who returned a positive reading for drugs,

-Intercepted 384 heavy vehicles,

-Conducted 120 speed limited downloads, with seven found to be non-compliant, and

-Issued 123 traffic infringements.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the state’s Traffic & Highway Patrol Command said operations targeting heavy vehicles and dangerous drivers in the Western region will continue to be a focus for police.

“There have already been 21 deaths on our roads in Western NSW. We will continue to target heavy vehicles and dangerous drivers in the area to ensure the safety of all road users.

“In addition to targeting dangerous drivers, our officers will continue to target those who are using our roads to transport drugs.

“Our dedicated officers who have undertaken CATCH training continue to deliver results for the community in removing drugs off our streets,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.