A 24-year-old Sydney man will appear in Tumut Local Court after being caught allegedly in possession of illegal drugs in Tumut on Wednesday.
Police said that at around 3.40pm, the man, from Granville, was intercepted in Currawong Road in an unregistered vehicle.
After a thorough search from Tumut Highway Patrol ‘Catch’-trained officers (THPC) a hidden magnetic box was located.
Police will allege they located inside the box a quantity of amphetamines in various resealable plastic bags, electronic scales and a range of other suspected illegal and prescription drugs yet to be identified. The driver tested positive roadside to methamphetamines.
He was charged at Tumut Police Station with a range of offences including deem supply (amphetamines), possess prohibited drugs, possess prescribed restricted substances. He will appear in Tumut Local Court on April 23.
Tumut Police Inspector Stephen Radford said it was “another great example of the impact of a strong THPC presence has in our towns – identifying and interacting with suspicious drivers on our roads and up to no good.”
“With more THPC presence to come I look forward to further good results such as this keeping illegal drugs off our streets and away from our kids.
“As usual – if you know something tell us and we’ll do something! Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.”
This work has involved late night early morning saturations of local high crime areas. It has also involved targeting of ‘hoon’ drivers in Howick and Russell Street as well as reports of unregistered motorcycles in and around Currawong Road.
“We have had THPC officers from Yass, Gundagai, Riverina PD and Holbrook all coming to lend support to our local policing resources,” Inspector Radford said.
Many of these officers are trained in ‘CATCH’ (Crime and Traffic Connecting on Highways) that gives them additional skills surrounding identifying suspicious vehicles involved in drug supply and other activities.
Their vehicles are also equipped with number plate recognition technology that informs officers when suspicious, unregistered vehicles, known ‘hoon’ drivers and the like drive past. Local officers will be working with these THPC staff to ensure local knowledge is put to good effect on known offenders. These vehicles all have the capacity to conduct random drug testing and will be doing so in the Tumut CBD in particular.