Pulling driver over nets big drug haul

Last updated 13:55 11/07/2014

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A man pulled over for speeding and not wearing a seatbelt while driving in Takaka was then found to be carrying around $80,000 worth of drugs in his vehicle.

The 34-year-old Takaka man is now facing serious class A drug charges following the routine traffic stop on Wednesday afternoon, Nelson police said today.

Nelson Bays Area Commander Inspector Steve Greally said it was one of the largest "street stop" seizures of methamphetamine he had seen in recent years.

Police said the man was initially stopped for speeding and not wearing a seatbelt, but when the officer noticed drugs in the vehicle he used his authority to search it.

The search unearthed sealed bags containing crystal methamphetamine with a street value estimated at around $80,000. A quantity of cash was also discovered along with high grade cannabis. Greally said it was the third seizure of methamphetamine in recent weeks.

"This has to be one of the largest ‘street stop' seizures of methamphetamine I have seen in recent years and we believe it will put a significant dent in the supply of this socially destructive drug in our community," Greally said.

He said the capture was an example of the excellent work being done by police across Nelson Bays to keep the community safe.

"We see first hand the damage drugs such as these do to families, individuals and communities and I want to reassure the public that we will remain focused on bringing the individuals involved to account." The Takaka man has been charged with possessing methamphetamine for supply, supplying methamphetamine and possessing cannabis. He has been remanded on bail to reappear in the Nelson District Court on July 22.

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