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At 2.15am on Saturday morning, police were patrolling the Pacific Highway at Ewingsdale when they stopped a vehicle for a random breath test, leading to a surprising haul.

Police said that after ‘interaction and conversations’ with the 76 year old male driver, they informed him that his vehicle would be searched for prohibited drugs.

As a result of the search, police located eight garbage bags containing 75 cryovac bags, filled with what police allege is cannabis, in the boot of the vehicle. The total weight of the prohibited drug was 36kgs.

The driver was arrested and conveyed to Byron Bay Police Station where he was charged for Supply Prohibited Drug being a Commercial Quantity. He was Bail Refused to appear before Byron Bay Local Court on today, Monday 18 January 2021.

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In other police news, a 44 year old woman was issued a Field Court Attendance Charge for mid Range PCA, in Tweed Heads, on Friday morning.

Following her arrest, she submitted to a breath analysis at the police station which returned a result of 0.119 grams of alcohol in 210 litres of breath.

The woman’s driver’s licence was suspended. She will appear before the Tweed Heads Local court on 8 February 2021. She was also issued an infringement notice for exceeding speed limit.

In Byron Bay, a 19 year old man was also arrested early on Sunday morning following a random breath test. At the station, his test returned a reading of 0.150 grams of alcohol in 210 millilitres of breath.

He will appear at Byron Bay Local Court on 8 February 2021.


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5 COMMENTS

  1. Police said that after ‘interaction and conversations’ with the vehicle, they informed that vehicle that its bodywork would be searched for prohibited substances and butts.
    The vehicle said “But, but, but,but I am innocent officer and it sat down on its butt and blubbered.

  2. How damn ridiculous , just randomly checking vehicles to me is a serious breach of privacy, unless you think they are carrying weapons???? So a 76 yr old man is not even given bail , when others charged with drink driving & losing their licence just have to appear in court at a later date? Seems mighty discriminatory to my way of thinking. ASIDE FROM ALCOHOL THE MOST DANGEROUS DRUG IN SOCIETY & ESPECIALLY ON OUR ROADS, I read that valium (diazepam) is the second highest rating cause of accidents on our roads. Still we don’t ban valium or booze, now do we. When will this bias end & people can attain the largely non lethal drug they need ?

  3. Randomly cruising the highway at 2am and search the car of an elderly man.
    Such hilarious and idiotic statements.
    Obviously they knew the vehicle had drugs, knew that they had their man and did a really noble job in refusing bail.
    If u believe any of this go back to school. Naivity should be banned.

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