Police seize 24kg of cannabis during Boggabilla vehicle stop: Two men charged

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Police have arrested and charged two men after a 24kg of cannabis was seized during a vehicle stop at Boggabilla yesterday.

About 12.30pm (Friday 20 November 2015), officers from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Barwon Local Area Command were conducting stationary random breath and drug testing on the Newell Highway at Boggabilla as part of Operation Northmore XII.

Operation Northmore XII is a joint traffic lead operation between Barwon Local Area Command, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Queensland Police, and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

As part of this operation, officers stopped a northbound white Iveco van with two men inside.

Police spoke with the driver and subjected him to a random breath test which provided a negative result.

The driver was further subjected to a random drug test which allegedly proved positive.Cops

He was arrested and subjected to a secondary test which also allegedly returned a positive result.

Officers searched the men and the vehicle, with the assistance of a drug detection dog and allegedly located 24kg of cannabis inside two sealed plastic drums in the rear of the van.

A search of the driver also allegedly located a small amount of white powder which police will allege to be amphetamine.

The 23-year-old driver and 27-year-old passenger – both from South Australia – were arrested and taken to Boggabilla Police Station where they were charged.

Each man was charged with supply cannabis greater than indictable quantity and less than commercial quantity and were refused bail to appear before Moree Local Court today (Saturday 21 November 2015).

The older man was also charged with possess prohibited drug.

Police will allege the cannabis has an estimated potential street value of $480,000.

Inquiries are continuing.