A man and woman have been charged with a string of offences after they were busted with a haul of dangerous drugs, weapons and fake cash at a border checkpoint on the Gold Coast.
Officers intercepted a ute as it attempted to enter Queensland at the Miles Street checkpoint in Coolangatta around 1am yesterday morning.
Upon questioning the driver of the vehicle, a 36-year-old Robina man and his 32-year-old female passenger from Broadbeach, police became suspicious.
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They then searched the ute and allegedly uncovered a firearm hidden under the driver’s seat, a quantity of methylamphetamine and cocaine, approximately $700 worth of counterfeit money and drug utensils including digital scales and a pipe.
Police also found ammunition, multiple mobile phones and SIM cards, baseball bats, a laptop, approximately $5,000 cash and two allegedly stolen vehicle registration plates.
The pair were arrested at the scene, with the man charged with three counts of possessing dangerous drugs and one count each of possessing counterfeit money, possess utensils and possess property suspected of having been used with a drug offence.
He was also slapped with one count of unlawful possession of a weapon, authority required to possess explosives, possess tainted property and driving without a licence.
The woman was charged with two counts of possessing dangerous drugs, and once count each of possessing counterfeit money, possess utensils, possess property suspected of having been used with a drug offence, unlawful possession of a weapon, authority required to possess explosives and possess tainted property.
Gold Coast District Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said police at the border will continue to crack down on people doing the wrong thing.
“Whether it be helping to keep COVID-19 out of Queensland or stopping drugs and other illegal items coming into our state, our frontline officers continue to play a vital role in the prevention and disruption of illegal activity.”