NSW – Australia: 17kg of cannabis allegedly found in car

A man will face court today charged with drug supply following a vehicle stop in the state’s south.

Just before 9.30am yesterday (Thursday 28 July 2022), officers from Riverina Highway Patrol Command were patrolling the Hume Highway at Coolac, about 20km north of Gundagai, when they stopped a Toyota Aurion for random testing.

The driver, a 27-year-old man, allegedly handed police a fake international driver’s licence bearing false details, before fleeing on foot and into bushland.

A short time later, a Riverina Highway Patrol officer located the man walking along Coolac Road, Coolac, and arrested him after a short foot pursuit.

Police spoke with the passenger – a man aged 43 – and a subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a suitcase and bag in the boot allegedly containing more than 17kg of cannabis.

Further checks revealed the vehicle was a hire car from Victoria.

Both were taken to Cootamundra Police Station where the younger man was charged with one count each of supply prohibited drug, driver or rider state false name or home address, and never licensed person drive vehicle on road.

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