Mr Khanh Nguyen of Balfours Way in Adelaide faced Broken Hill court yesterday (Wednesday), charged with commercial drug supply following a vehicle stop on Tuesday.
At 10.20am on Tuesday police officers from Barrier Police District’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Command were patrolling Rakow St, Broken Hill, when they saw a white van allegedly being driven above the speed limit.
Police stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, who police will allege was 31-year-old Mr Nguyen, and his two female passengers.
Police will say in court that a search of the boot of the van allegedly revealed a large amount of cannabis in sealed bags, believed to be 50kg. The estimated potential street value of the drug is $250,000.
Police alleged all three ran from the scene into a nearby cemetery. Mr Nguyen was found a short time later and taken to Broken Hill police station where he was charged with supply prohibited drug commercial quantity, possess prohibited drug, and escape police custody.
He was refused bail on Tuesday and when he appeared in court on Wednesday was again refused bail and will next appear in court on August 15.