TIPPED off by the smell, police from Cooktown seized almost a kilogram of cannabis and more than $1400 in cash and jewellery in a recent roadside drug bust.
Officers were conducting routine roadside vehicle interceptions on the Mulligan Highway when they pulled over a car heading for town.
Senior Sergeant John McArthur said the strong smell of cannabis drew police attention to the car’s two male occupants.
“A subsequent search located the cannabis and other items, including money believed to be proceeds of the supply of drugs,” he said.
The 29-year-old passenger, a Cooktown man, has been charged with possession of a dangerous drug and possessing property suspected to be the proceeds of supplying a dangerous drug.
Cooktown CIB officer in charge, Detective Sergeant Jett Stapleton, said the intercept was a positive outcome for the community.
“The transport of drugs into our community and subsequent supply has a negative effect on the mental health and general wellbeing of families, with money better spent on food and the welfare of children,” he said.