Truck drivers hauling timber have been targeted in a police crack down on drug supply between Tumbarumba and Tumut.
Nineteen traffic infringements and defect notices were handed out to drivers in a Monday afternoon sting on short-haul logging trucking companies in the district that saw 85 random breath tests and 28 drug tests carried out.
Riverina Police District officers teamed up with the NSW Police Dog Unit, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and inspectors from the NSW Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) for the operations.
More than 50 trucks were inspected as part of an investigation into the alleged supply and use of methamphetamines on the route between the two alpine towns.
One driver alone – a 50-year-old man – was issued a cannabis caution, six traffic intringement notices for log book breaches and one defect notice, RPD commander Superintendent Bob Noble said.
Superintendent Noble said Monday’s heavy operation should send a strong message to those who may be involved in drug supply.
“Our duty is to keep the public safe on and off the roads, and we will continue to target individuals who put this safety in jeopardy,” he said.
“We make no apologies for performing drug tests, and for issuing infringements and defect notices.
“For those who may be involved in the use and distribution of prohibited drugs, it’s only a matter of time before we catch up with you.”
Investigations are continuing and police urge anyone with information relating to this investigation to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via the online reporting page.