Up to 3kg of cannabis found stashed in car
A 57-YEAR-OLD Kolonga man has been charged with possessing dangerous drugs after police allegedly found 3kg of cannabis under the front grill and in the rear of a car.
Trevor Francis Shield appeared in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday in relation to the matter where an application for bail was refused.
Bundaberg police Detective Senior Sargent Joe Hildred said police intercepted the man driving a 2001 gold coloured Commodore sedan in the centre of Bundaberg about 10.30pm on Thursday.
He said police were called to an earlier traffic incident allegedly involving the same vehicle close to the Federal Hotel.
Det Snr Sgt Hildred said uniformed police officers intercepted the car in the vicinity of McLean and Bourbong Sts and noticed a strong smell of cannabis coming from the vehicle.
He said a search of the vehicle uncovered about 3kg of cannabis.
Shield was arrested and charged with one count of possessing dangerous drugs.
Det Snr Sgt Hildred said about 6am Thursday a search warrant was executed on the accused's address, a property along the Bruce Hwy at Kolonga.
He said while the search failed to reveal any illegal activity, investigations were continuing.
Making an application for bail yesterday, duty lawyer Matt Messenger told the court Shield had no idea the cannabis was in the car as he barrowed the vehicle because his own car was still being held by police in relation to previous charges.
Mr Messenger also argued the cannabis was "wet" and therefore when it dried the 3kg figure may be less than the commercial quantity alleged by police.
Magistrate Aaron Simpson opposed the application for bail on the grounds that there was an unacceptable risk of re-offending.