'Substantial' drug haul at routine road stop

00:12, Jul 25 2014

Police conducting a routine road stop in Central Otago have intercepted a "substantial" drug haul.

Relieving Otago Rural Area Commander Inspector Andrew Burns said constables Patrick Greaney and Leon Burdett, from the Alexandra-based Rural Drink Drive Team, pulled over a vehicle in Scotland St, Roxburgh, on Wednesday after noticing its driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

The passenger produced a small bag of cannabis. However, the constables, invoking search and surveillance powers, discovered "significant quantities" of cannabis, and what police believed to be ecstasy and LSD, along with substantial amounts of cash, he said.

Dunedin men Dalton Fabian Martin, 23, and Trident Phillip Walker, 23, appeared in the Alexandra District Court yesterday charged with possession of a Class B controlled drug - MDMA - and were remanded in custody to appear before a judge in the Dunedin District Court this morning.

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