Drugs likely bound for 'lucrative market' in QLD
UPDATE 3.35pm: OUTSIDE court this afternoon, Detective Chief Inspector Cameron Lindsay said police alleged the 54kg haul of cannabis was bound for Queensland.
He wouldn't confirm the exact location in Queensland, but he did say the investigation into the haul, worth $475,000, would likely lead to more arrests.
"This is a very lucrative market for them, it does involve a lot of money," Detective Chief Insp Lindsay said.
"We will look at seizing assets in regard to the commercial supply of this drug.
"I anticipate there will be further arrests as a result of these seizures today."
He said the community stands to benefit from the removal of the drugs from the market.
"To get this amount of drugs off the street is a very pleasing result," Detective Chief Insp Lindsay said.
"A lot of these drugs are grown hydroponically, to enhance the effect and level of drugs in them.
"It is well publicised the impact these drugs are having on drivers on the road."
He said the drugs would be taken back to Sydney to be analysed and then destroyed.
ORIGINAL STORY: TWO men allegedly found with 54kg of cannabis in their possession after a traffic stop have been remanded in custody.
Police will allege Highway Patrol pulled over a Honda Accord being driven my Cabramatta man Huu Phuong Phan, 29, as he was allegedly travelling at 98km/h in an 80km/h zone on the Pacific Highway at Ballina about 12.50pm on Tuesday.
Police will allege Trong Sang Le, 24, from Canley Heights, was also in the vehicle.
They will allege they became suspicious after speaking with Mr Phan and the Richmond Police District Target Action Group assisted in a search of the vehicle.
They allegedly located 27 cryovac bags containing 54kg of cannabis, estimated to have a potential street value of more than $475,000.
The bags were allegedly located inside seven duffel bags which were padlocked and cable-tied, all within the vehicle's boot.
The Sydney men were arrested and taken to Ballina Police Station.
Mr Phan was issued a speeding infringement and both men were charged with taking part in the commercial supply of a prohibited drug and drug possession.
Both charges relate to the entirety of cannabis allegedly found inside the vehicle.
The case went briefly before Byron Bay Local Court this morning and neither of the accused, who were represented by a solicitor from Sydney-based Ly Lawyers, applied for bail.
They are both, however, expected to make a bail application when the matter returns to court on April 27.