Breath test leads to drug charges

A ROUTINE breath test has turned into a major drug bust for Coffs Harbour police.

A woman, 48, is now before the courts on a charge of manufacturing a prohibited drug after police searched a white Hyundai Excel at Park Beach.

Highway patrol officers stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Hogbin Drive and Arthur Street at 9am on Friday and then breath-tested the driver.

Her result was negative but she produced a photocopy of a Queensland driver's licence and the vehicle had no registration label, police allege.

They further allege the plates were from a Commodore stolen from Park Beach Plaza.

Police searched the vehicle when the passenger, a 49-year-old man, started to act suspiciously.

They hit the jackpot when they found a cooler bag containing glassware and an iodine bottle along with flasks and iodine crystals.



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