Pot Luck in Tallarook

Police from Broadford were on patrol as part of Operation Sentinel over the weekend when a routine intercept of a speeding driver revealed more than they expected.

Officers were heading north on the Hume Highway when they noticed the car travelling at speed as it passed them on Sunday 11 October about 3pm.

Police intercepted the vehicle before they noticed a strong smell of cannabis while talking to the driver.

The 29-year-old driver produced a small zip lock bag of cannabis which led police to search the vehicle.

A quantity of cannabis was found in the rear tray of the vehicle and a further two garbage bags of alleged cannabis was also found in the back seat.

It’s believed the cannabis seized is valued in excess of $200,000.

Police are investigating whether the man was using his work permit to get through the lockdown area from Melton.

The Brookfield man has been charged with traffick and possess cannabis and remanded to appear at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court today, Monday 12 October 2020.

Whilst committing the offences, the man was also found to be in breach of the directions issued by the Chief Health Officer and was issued a penalty notice.

The directions by the Chief Health Officer, under the State of Disaster declared in Victoria, have been enacted to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.

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