Major drug haul at routine road stop

JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN
Last updated 12:42 24/07/2014

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Police conducting a routine road stop in Otago have grabbed a ''substantial'' drug haul. 

Two officers pulled over a car in Scotland Street, Roxburgh, after noticing its driver was not wearing a safety belt, Police Inspector Andrew Burns said.

When the passenger produced a small bag of cannabis, the officers searched the car and found ''significant quantities'' of cannabis, ecstasy, LSD and a substantial amounts of cash.

The driver attempted to run from the scene with a bag containing ecstasy and cannabis but was chased down.

Burns said the drug haul demonstrated that routine road stops could uncover serious offending. 

"There's no doubt that this great work from our staff will have had an impact on preventing some of the significant harm that drugs cause in our communities.''

Otago Rural CIB staff were now leading the inquiry and investigating the men's activities further.

It was too early to put an exact figure on the amount of drugs and cash carried by the men buit it was likely that the drugs were for selling, Burns said.

Two 23-year-old Dunedin men will appear in the Alexandra District Court today on a number of drugs charges. 

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