Police find cannabis on the road
Tuesday, 26th July, 2016
By Andrew Robertson
Police are confident they will track down the people responsible for leaving over 6kg of cannabis lying in the street yesterday morning.
Two officers found the drugs - with an estimated street value of over $20,000 - around 1.40am on the corner of Patton and Victoria streets.
Barrier LAC crime manager Mick Stoltenberg said yesterday the cannabis was inside a plastic bag and on the road.
He said the officers involved did not exactly stumble across the drugs, which were seized and taken back to the police station to be separated and weighed.
Rather, he said they had “retraced some steps” after being given some information.
“They’d been out and about speaking to people and then found the drugs on the roadway,” Detective Chief Inspector Stoltenberg said.
Residents in Patton Street told the BDT that they hadn’t noticed anything unusual or suspicious leading up the discovery and that the neighbourhood was usually quiet.
“Nothing like this has happened before,” said one resident, who did not want to be named.
“It’s a very quiet neighbourhood.”
The resident said a couple of months ago police raided a house in the next block but that was in relation to methamphetamine.
Another resident, who also did not want to be named, said she was unaware of the extraordinary find and was surprised that she wasn’t woken by the police.
“I haven’t seen or heard anything. Usually I’m a light sleeper but they must work very quietly or I would have heard them.”
While investigations are continuing, DCI Stoltenberg said he had an idea of how the cannabis came to be discarded.
“I do but I’m not prepared to disclose it because obviously it’s all subject to our investigation.
“We’ve obviously done a follow up and made a number of enquiries and they’ll continue on.
“There’s a number of things that we’re doing (but) I’m just not going to put anything in jeopardy.”
But he did predict it would only be a matter of time before the people who discarded the drugs were found and charged.
“I’d anticipate with our enquiries and examinations that we’ll be able to identify either someone or those that are involved.”
Police are urging anyone with information to contact either the local police or Crimestoppers on 1800 333000.