Man before court after 145 grams of drugs found in car – Operation Northmore

A man will face court today after police located more than 145 grams of illicit drugs in a vehicle during a joint operation near the Queensland and NSW border.

Between Thursday (21 November 2019) and Sunday (24 November 2019), officers from the Traffic & Highway Patrol with assistance from Queensland Police and New England Police District, conducted Operation Northmore.

The four-day operation targeted heavy vehicles, dangerous driving and the conveyance of illegal drugs between NSW and QLD, in the Boggabilla and Goondiwindi areas.

During the operation, police conducted 3171 random breath tests and detected four high and mid-range PCA offences.

Officers issued 192 infringement notices for offences including diary offences, load restraint, seatbelt offences, unlicensed drivers, speeding offences and defect notices.

Police made 20 drug detections, 13 criminal charges and 17 traffic charges.

About 10.50am on Saturday (23 November 2019), police stopped an 18-year-old Melbourne man at Boggabilla for the purpose of a random breath test.

After speaking with the driver, police conducted a search of the vehicle and located 637 MDMA capsules, 24 bags of ketamine, 14 bags of cocaine and cocaine/ketamine mixed with a combined street value of approximately $29,000.

The man was arrested and taken to Boggabilla Police Station where he was charged with supply prohibited drug – more than indictable, less than commercial (x3) and possess prohibited drug.

He was bail refused to appear before Inverell Local Court yesterday (Sunday 24 November 2019) where he was remanded in custody to reappear before Moree Local Court today (Monday 25 November 2019).

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