DRUGS with a street value of nearly $1.5 million which were found in a car stopped for a random breath-test at Boggabri have landed a man in jail.
His arrest yesterday and subsequent court appearance came almost 11 weeks after he was stopped for the breath-test and a search of his car by police turned up a suspicious liquid.
The 30-year-old, from Yarraman on the Carnarvon Highway near Moree, was arrested and charged in connection to the liquid amphetamines found in his car on December 2 last year.
Police said the drugs had a street value of more than $1.4 million.
At his court appearance in Moree Local Court yesterday he was refused bail and remanded in custody until his next court appearance on Monday.
Officers from Barwon Local Area Command stopped the Toyota Camry on the Kamilaroi Highway about noon.
Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and seized the liquid.
It was sent for scientific testing and following the analysis, Moree detectives arrested the man and charged him with possessing and supplying a prohibited drug.
Police were tight-lipped about the drug find and did not reveal where they believe the drugs may have originated or where they were destined. Moree police said they were not prepared to comment on whether the drug had been produced locally.
Barwon Local Area Commander Jenny Hayes did say, however, police were happy with the arrest and suggested strong evidence existed linking drugs and property offences.
“Continued charges for drug-related activities will inevitably have a positive effect on other crime categories, in particular break and enter and property offences,” Superintendent Hayes said.
“It is important that both police and the general community ‘get tough’ on illegal drug activities and continue to target offenders within the community.
“The message we need to send to the community is that the public has the avenue to provide information which may be extremely valuable to police.”
Superintendent Hayes said no piece of information should be considered too small or insignificant.
“We encourage members of the community to take a proactive stance against drugs and submit any and all pieces of information to us.
“It is often the information which others may assume we are aware of, that may be the missing link,” Superintendent Hayes said.