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Man charged after 'ice' and cannabis seized in vehicle stop - Lithgow

Monday, 04 September 2017 02:30:51 PM

Police have charged a man with several drug offences after ice and cannabis was seized during a vehicle stop in Lithgow last night, as part of the CATCH (Crime and Traffic Connecting on Highways) program.

The NSW Police CATCH program trains officers in the detection and inception of illicit drugs being transported on our roads.

About 8.20pm (Sunday 3 September 2017), officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol detected a white Holden Commodore travelling above the sign posted speed limit along Chifley Road, Lithgow.

Whilst speaking with the driver, the passenger, a 27-year-old man ran from police before the driver also fled on foot.

The passenger was arrested following a short foot pursuit. The driver was not caught and investigations are underway to locate him.

Following the arrest of the passenger, officer s searched the car and surrounding area, and located an amount of drugs believed to be ‘ice’ and cannabis.

The drugs were seized and will undergo forensic examinations.

The passenger was taken to Lithgow Police Station where he was charged with a number of drug offences including supply indictable quantity of prohibited drugs.

He was refused bail and is due to appear at Lithgow Local Court today.

Commander of the state's Traffic and Highway Patrol, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said the objective of CATCH training is to rid ‘ice’ and other drugs off our roads.

"Those that use our highways to commit crime can expect to be intercepted, searched and arrested."

"Since the inception of the CATCH program, over $110 million dollars worth of drugs, guns, cash, stolen goods, and other contraband has been taken off our roads,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.