Man busted with $1.2M worth of cannabis at Gold Coast border

A brazen Sydney man has been caught trying to cross the border into Queensland with a whopping $1.2 million worth of cannabis hidden in his van.

The 48-year-old was taken into custody at the Griffith Street checkpoint in Coolangatta just before 9.00pm last night after officers became suspicious.

It’s understood the man was attempting to cross the border for the second time that day and told police he had travelled from South Australia but could not provide a valid permit.


Inquiries revealed the man was actually from Greater Sydney, with officers arresting the man at the scene before he was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for COVID testing.

His Mercedes Sprinter van was seized and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where police allegedly uncovered 145kgs of cannabis stashed inside vacuum-sealed bags that were concealed inside two large hot water systems and a toolbox.

A knife, two mobiles phones and other documentation was also seized from the vehicle.

According to police, the cannabis has an estimated potential street value of $1.2million.

After receiving a negative result, the man was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station and charged with supply prohibited drug, custody of knife in public place, not comply with noticed direction and travel from metropolitan Sydney to NSW outside area.

He was refused bail to appear before Tweed Heads Local Court today.