Police have found more than $100,000 in cash in a vehicle driven by a Lismore man after stopping to assist when a wallet fell from the roof of the car on the Pacific Highway near Raymond Terrace.
About 6.40pm Monday (March 5), police from the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor saw a wallet fall from the roof of a Holden Calais as it turned onto the Pacific Highway at Karuah.
Officers saw cash falling onto the road and stopped to help collect the wallet and cash.
The Calais stopped briefly before continuing to drive south on the highway.
After collecting the wallet and cash, police caught up to the Calais and pulled the driver over.
The officers noticed the driver appeared to be under the influence, and was subjected to a sobriety test.
During a subsequent search of the vehicle, police located more than $100,000 cash, methylamphetamine (ice), cannabis, and a knife.
The 26-year-old man was arrested and taken to hospital for blood and urine testing.
Shortly after, he was taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station, where he was charged with dealing with the proceeds of crime, possessing a prohibited drug, custody of a knife in a public place, and various traffic offences.
The Modanville (Lismore) man was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Raymond Terrace Local Court on Monday 16 April 2018.
Inquiries are continuing.