More than $2 million worth of drugs seized from truck near Byron Bay


A man has been refused bail after more than $2 million worth of cannabis, heroin and methylamphetamine was seized during a vehicle stop on the state’s far north coast yesterday.

About 8.30am, officers attached to Byron Bay Traffic & Highway Patrol were conducting routine patrols on the Pacific Highway, Tyagarah, about 16km north of Byron Bay, when they stopped a medium rigid truck due to the manner of driving.

Police approached the vehicle and spoke to the driver, a 20-year-old man.

When police checked the rear of the vehicle to ensure the load was properly secured, they allegedly located cannabis.

Officers – with assistance from Northern Rivers Region Enforcement Squad (RES) – then conducted a search of the vehicle and allegedly located and seized approximately 183 kilograms of cannabis in vacuum sealed bags, 2.5 kilograms of methylamphetamine in plastic resealable bags and 816 grams of heroin in a compressed block, from the rear of the vehicle.

The estimated potential street value of the drugs is in excess of $2m.

The man was arrested and taken to Byron Bay Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of supply prohibited drug large commercial quantity and one count of supply prohibited drug commercial quantity.

The Cabramatta man was refused bail to appear before Tweed Heads Local Court today, where he was formally bail refused to reappear at the same court on October 15.

Inquiries continue.

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