Two foreign nationals driving in a Mitsubishi Magna were pulled over just south of Coonabarabran by the highway patrol yesterday. Their car was subsequently searched and police allegedly located a large quantity of drugs including cocaine, cannabis and MDMA. The two men, the 27 year old driver from Belgium and his 26 year old French passenger were taken into custody and charged with supply large prohibited drugs – indictable quantity. The French man was also found to be an unlawful resident. Both will appear in Dubbo court today to answer the charges.
The incident has prompted Commander of Traffic and Highway Patrol, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley to warn motorists of the consequences of using the road to undertake unlawful activities.
“If you think you are going to get away with illegal activity on our roads, you can think again, he said.
“The CATCH program targets vehicles suspected of transporting drugs and other illegal contraband.
“Police are out in force, and if you are doing the wrong thing, we will catch up with you.”