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Cannabis seized from car, woman appears in court

A woman stopped by police has been charged after detectives allegedly found cannabis worth $20,000 inside the vehicle she was driving.
A woman stopped by police has been charged after detectives allegedly found cannabis worth $20,000 inside the vehicle she was driving. Trevor Veale

A WOMAN was arrested and charged after police seized an amount of cannabis from a car at Pine Creek.

Officers stopped a Ford sedan on the Pacific Hwy on Friday just after 2pm.

It's alleged the vehicle was travelling in excess of the speed limit.

Officers spoke to the driver, a 37-year-old woman, before conducting a search of her car.

Police allegedly found and seized two large bags of cannabis, weighing 940grams, with an estimated potential street value of $20,000.

The woman was arrested and taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where she was charged with supply prohibited drug and possess prohibited drug.

The Coffs Harbour woman has since been given bail to appear in the Coffs Harbour Local Court on November 24.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command's Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said the seizure could be partly attributed to the specialised training undertaken by Traffic and Highway Patrol officers.

"Our training is called the CATCH (Crime and Traffic Connecting on Highways) program, which is based on a scheme used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police," Assistant Commissioner Hartley said. 

"The observation based training program has been running in NSW and Victoria since 2009 and has had an impact on drug supply and crime. 

"The harm that is caused to individuals, families and communities by illicit drugs is well documented.

"My message to drug couriers is simple - you are on our radar, you will be stopped and put before the courts." 

Topics:  coffs clarence police coffs harbour pine creek way



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