Cops make $1.3m discovery inside sleeping man's car

A man taking a nap in his car on the side of a highway was allegedly caught by police with a bucketload of meth worth approximately $1.3 million as well as a large sum of cash.

The 33-year-old man was charged with supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and dealing with the proceeds of crime of more than $5000.

At about 7.50am on Sunday, officers from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s Strike Force Puma were patrolling the Hume Highway at Manton, near Yass in southern NSW, when they came across the sleeping man, who had parked a car on an access road east of the highway.

A photo of meth in a resealable bag in a Nike bag. Another photo of a resealable bag with many bank notes.
Police have made a huge discovery on the Hume Highway after finding 1.3 kilograms of methylamphetamine when inspecting a sleeping driver's car. Source: NSW Police

After waking him up to check on his welfare, and having a brief chat, Strike Force Puma officers, with the assistance of officers from Hume Traffic and Highway Patrol searched the car. Police allegedly found 1.3 kilograms of methylamphetamine in two large resealable bags, as well as $16,500 in cash. Bringing in the estimated total of $1,316,500.

Two photos of the meth and cash were taken by police, showing a black zip-up Nike bag with the prohibited drug inside a resealable bag, as well as another resealable bag with a large amount of bank notes held together by a rubber band.

After the discovery, the man was arrested and taken to Yass Police Station, where he was charged and refused bail.

He is to appear at Goulburn Local Court on Monday, with investigations still continuing.

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