POLICE have allegedly found almost 20 kilograms of cannabis in the back of a ute in southern New South Wales.
Officers intercepted the silver Holden SS Commodore ute on the Sturt Highway at Borambola, 30 kilometres east of Wagga Wagga, about 3pm on Friday.
Two men from the Central Coast, aged 45 and 46, were spoken to by police before officers searched the vehicle.
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It’s alleged officers located more than 19kgs of cannabis packed in 34 vacuum-sealed bags in the ute’s tray.
The men were allegedly travelling north along the Sturt Highway towards the Hume Highway when they were pulled over.
Both the 46-year-old driver and his passenger were arrested and taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station.
The driver has been charged with supplying cannabis, supplying a prohibited drug, and resisting/hindering police, while his passenger is charged with supplying cannabis and a prohibited drug.
Both men were granted conditional bail to appear at Wagga Wagga Local Court on Wednesday 19 June 2019.
The bust near Wagga came two hours after police allegedly found 42 bags of cannabis in the back of a Toyota Hilux in Sydney’s southeast.
Officers became suspicious of the ute after its driver allegedly refused to pull over for them in Malabar shortly before 1pm.
After a short chase, the driver was arrested and charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive recklessly, supplying and possessing a prohibited drug, and two counts of having a knife in a public place.
He was remanded in custody overnight and due to appear before Parramatta Bail Court today.
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