Truck driver found with cannabis during police operation

A TRUCK driver will face court in July charged with cannabis possession.

On the morning of Wednesday May 14, police from Barrier Local Area Command in NSW were performing duties as part of Operation Austrans.

This is an annual initiative in which police in Australia and New Zealand target heavy-vehicle road-safety issues, including fatigue, speed and drug use.

About 9.50am, officers stopped a truck on the Sturt Hwy at Gol Gol, about 300km south-east of Broken Hill.

Police say after speaking with the driver, a 42-year-old South Australian man, they had cause to search the vehicle.

It will be alleged police found a small bag of cannabis in the vehicle's prime mover, and a further five bags - weighing a total of about 160 grams - in the refrigerated trailer.

The man was arrested and taken to Dareton Police Station, where he was charged with possession of a prohibited drug (two counts).

He was granted conditional bail to appear in Wentworth Local Court on July 8.

Operation Austrans is running until 11.59pm on Sunday June 8.

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