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Massive drug bust

Tuesday, 9th April, 2019

The drug van was taken to the police station where a thorough examination was conducted yesterday. PICTURE: NSW Police The drug van was taken to the police station where a thorough examination was conducted yesterday. PICTURE: NSW Police

A man has faced court after cannabis worth more than a million dollars was found by police when they stopped his van in Rakow Street in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Police pulled over the Queensland-registered Mercedes Benz flat-bed van about 2.30am as it was travelling east near Creedon Street.

Their intention was to breath test the driver but after checking the 69-year-old’s Northern Territory licence and speaking to him, they decided to search the vehicle.

They found just over $20,000 in cash and more than 57kg of cannabis which, they said, had an estimated street value of more than $1.1 million.

The driver, Barry Collins of Queensland, was arrested and charged with supplying a prohibited drug and dealing in the proceeds of crime.

Collins faced the Local Court yesterday afternoon. He did not apply for bail and Magistrate Brian Van Zuylen remanded him to June 11.

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