Speeding truck driver caught with drugs

Senior police officer "shocked" after truckie is caught speeding, allegedly possessing drugs and driving a vehicle with altered number plate

June 20, 2012

A truck driver pulled over on the Hume Highway after being clocked travelling 131km/h will front court on drug charges after police allege they found a stash of amphetamines.

NSW Police stationed at Goulburn detected the truck about 5am today on the highway at Bookham travelling 31km/h over the speed limit.

Officers noticed the rig’s number plate was covered in yellow tape in what looked like an attempt to obscure the letters and numbers to avoid detection.

"A search of the vehicle was also conducted and police will allege that they discovered a quantity of a drug believed to be amphetamine," a statement from NSW Police says.

The 42-year-old male truck driver from Victoria will face Yass Local Court on July 3 charged with possessing a prohibited drug. He was also issued with infringement notices for exceeding the speed limit by 20km/h and using a vehicle with an altered number plate.

NSW Police Superintendent Stuart Smith says the driver was extremely reckless.

"I am shocked and disappointed to think that a driver can act so irresponsibly in any vehicle, but to commit these alleged offences in a heavy vehicle is beyond belief," he says.

"The potential dangers that a truck of this size could cause to the driver and other road users whilst speeding would be catastrophic."

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