Alleged drug smugglers didn’t count on ‘Danger’: Drug dog tips off cops to massive 47 kilos of pot

by | Sep 2, 2021 | Cops | 0 comments

Two plywood boxes containing more than 47 kilograms of cannabis that appear to have been encased in concrete were allegedly discovered during vehicle checks on the Stuart Highway near Mataranka with the help of drug detection dog Danger, NT Police said, resulting in charges against three people.

In a confusing and poorly written media statement that lacked substantive details such as locations, dates, and other coherent facts relevant to the arrest, NT Police said the Substance Abuse Intelligence desk and Northern Traffic Operations were searching two vehicles somewhere along the Stuart Highway on an unspecified date and time when Danger the dog “responded to one of the two vehicles”.

“Further investigation identified a second vehicle of interest,” the statement by media manager Rob Cross said.

It was unclear if that was a different vehicle than the two already being searched. Police also did not say where along the Stuart Highway the first two vehicles were pulled over.

“Police located the second vehicle 25km north of Mataranka where the vehicle was searched,” Mr Cross said.

“Two plywood boxes were found in the vehicles containing 47.21 kilograms of cannabis. Three people were arrested and a further search of a residence in Yarrawonga locating drug paraphernalia (sic).”

Pictures provided by the NT Police appear to show the plywood boxes were encased in concrete, but Mr Cross did not explain or mention that in the statement.

Police said a 34-year-old male is facing three drug-related charges including supply and possession of a “dangerous drug”, a 45-year-old male is facing four drug charges and a 45-year-old female is facing two charges in connection to the incident.

All three are expected to face Katherine Local Court tomorrow.

“This seizure had prevented a large amount of cannabis from entering our remote communities and we will continue to target groups such as this who profit from the devastating effects that substance abuse have on our community,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Lawson.

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