11 Jul 2014

Routine traffic stop nets drug haul

2:21 pm on 11 July 2014

Police have seized $80,000 worth of methamphetamine after a routine traffic stop in the Nelson region.

They said a man who was initially stopped for speeding and not wearing a seatbelt was found to be carrying numerous sealed bags containing crystal meth, as well as cannabis and a large amount of cash.

Nelson Bays area commander Steve Greally said it was one of the largest "street stop" seizures of its kind in recent years and would put a significant dent in the local drug supply.

He said it was the third significant seizure of methamphetamine in the area in the past few weeks.

The Takaka man has been charged with a number of drug-related offences and will appear in court next week.