Man in $80,000 drug bust pleads not guilty

A man allegedly found with $80,000 of drugs in his car after being stopped by a routine traffic patrol in Takaka has pleaded not guilty to possessing methamphetamine for supply.

Michael Antony Holland, 34, from Takaka appeared in the Nelson District Court on Tuesday.

He was stopped by police following the routine traffic patrol on July 9. Nelson Bays area commander Inspector Steve Greally earlier 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 allegedly noticed drugs in the vehicle he used his authority to search it.

There will be a case review hearing for Holland on September 17.

The Nelson Mail