Couple charged over fraud, property, drug offences after hiding in utility to cross NSW/Victoria border

A Victorian couple have been charged with fraud, property and drug offences after alleging hiding in a utility to enter NSW without valid permits earlier this month.

Just before 4pm on Tuesday (15 September 2020), a man and a woman entered a jewellery store in Deniliquin, and purchased items using an alleged stolen credit card.

Officers from Murray River Police District were notified and commenced an investigation.

Following inquiries, police located the pair – a 31-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman – in a car park on Moama Street, Mathoura, about 4pm yesterday (Friday 18 September 2020).

During a search of the couple, officers seized methylamphetamine, heroin, cannabis, a glass pipe and more than $30,000 cash.

They were both arrested and taken to Deniliquin Police Station.

The man was charged with dishonestly obtain property by deception, deal with property proceeds of crime (x2), goods in personal custody suspected being stolen, not comply with noticed direction re section 7/8/9 – COVID-19, and possession of equipment for administering prohibited drugs.

The woman was charged with dishonestly obtain property by deception, deal with property proceeds of crime (x2), goods in personal custody suspected being stolen (x2), not comply with noticed direction re section 7/8/9 – COVID-19, supply prohibited drug (between indictable and commercial quantity), possess prohibited drug (x2).

It will be alleged in court that the pair travelled across the NSW/Victoria border at the Moama/Echuca checkpoint while hiding in the back of a utility without valid permits earlier this month.

They were both refused bail to appear at Wagga Wagga Local Court today (Saturday 19 September 2020).

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related Public Health Order is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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