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Border Drug Bust

Border Drug Bust

Pair Caught by COVID Border Patrol

Police have stumbled upon a large quantity of drugs during a border permit check in Wodonga.

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They pulled over a tow truck carrying a ute to check their travel permits, in the early hours of Tuesday morning .

After preliminary discussions with the drivers, they searched the vehicles and found more than 15 kilograms of drugs.

Later tests revealed it was methylamphetamines, estimated to be worth up to $10 million in street value.

"People should probably realise by now they're pulling over any vehicle that is moving - truck, car, bike - in an effort to protect the border," says Senior Sergeant Garry Barton.

"It was a great piece of work and a substantial amount of drugs off the street, so we're very happy with the local effort."

A 28-year old Balnarring man and a 36-year old Frankston man were arrested and charged with trafficking a commercial quantity of a drug of dependence.

The pair were also issued with fines for breaching the Chief Health Officers directions.

“The way in which we're checking vehicles up on the border for COVID has paid dividends," says Senior Sergeant Barton.

"This is a significant drug bust, as we know the harm substances such as methylamphetamines cause to our communities."

Both men have been remanded and will appear in the Wodonga Magistrates Court on 14 October.

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