Man charged over drugs allegedly discovered in vehicle stopped for speeding

A driver disqualified until 2024 allegedly had ice and MDMA inside his vehicle, which was stopped for speeding by strike force officers at Londonderry.

Strike Force Puma officers deployed to Londonderry on Friday, August 17 after intelligence gathered from community sources and Crimestopper reports relating to high risk drivers and driving behaviour in the area, a police statement said.

Drugs: The drugs allegedly discovered in the vehicle of a driver stopped for speeding in Londonderry. Picture: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command/Facebook.

Drugs: The drugs allegedly discovered in the vehicle of a driver stopped for speeding in Londonderry. Picture: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command/Facebook.

“At 9.20am … Strike Force Puma officers detected a silver Subaru Forester, driven by [a] known traffic offender, speeding through a school zone along Londonderry Road, Londonderry,” the statement said.

“The vehicle was stopped and the identity of the 39-year-old male driver from Londonderry was confirmed.

“The driver was submitted to a breath test and drug test with the drivers oral fluid indicating the presence of methamphetamine. Whilst testing was being conducted checks of police and RMS databases not only confirmed the male driver was disqualified from driving until 2024, but the male driver also had an outstanding arrest warrant.

“A search of the vehicle driven by the male uncovered a small number of plastic resealable bags said to contain ice and MDMA. The driver was subsequently arrested and conveyed to Windsor police station.”

A secondary oral fluid test allegedly returned a positive result to cannabis and methamphetamine, and the man was charged with exceeding the speed limit by more than 10km/h in a school zone, driving while disqualified, and two counts of possessing a prohibited drug.

“With respect to the positive oral fluid test, police will await the results of laboratory testing before proceeding with a charge of driving with an illicit drug in oral fluid,” the police statement said.