Two arrested after commercial quantity of cannabis seized - state's south-west

Saturday, 08 April 2017 09:30:56 AM

Two men have been arrested after police seized cannabis with an estimated potential street value of $100,000 during a car stop in the state’s south-west yesterday as part of the CATCH program.

About 1.40pm (Friday 7 April 2017), officers from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command at Dareton stopped a station wagon on the Sturt Highway at Gol Gol, just north of the Victorian border, for a random breath test.

After speaking with the driver, who was found to have a disqualified licence in NSW, police searched the vehicle and allegedly located cannabis concealed in the boot.

The drugs weighed more than 15kg and have an estimated potential street value of $100,000.

The driver, a 35-year-old man and his passenger, a 53-year-old man were both arrested and taken to Dareton Police Station.

Meanwhile, officers made contact with their colleagues at South Australia Police who executed search warrants on the men’s homes in Victor Harbour and Hillbank, locating an indoor hydroponic cannabis set-up, drug paraphernalia and cannabis residue.

Both men were charged with supply cannabis (indictable quantity) and possess cannabis (indictable quantity), while the younger man was also charged with drive whilst disqualified. They were both refused bail to appear at Wentworth Bail Court today (Saturday 8 April 2017).

Inquiries by officers in NSW and South Australia are continuing.

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

Since the program’s inception, more than $110 million worth of drugs, guns, cash, stolen goods, and other contraband have been taken off NSW roads.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to the possession, supply or transport of illicit drugs to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.