Orange driver stopped with $67,000 worth of cocaine in boot



AN Orange man allegedly caught with up to $67,000 worth of cocaine in a luxury car after he was stopped for speeding was on bail for a serious violence charge, Wagga Wagga Local Court has heard.

Brett Ronald Nash, 35, faced court via videolink with the courthouse cells on Monday following his arrest at Young on the weekend.

Represented by a Legal Aid solicitor, Nash said nothing while his case was discussed but nodded that he understood when magistrate Erin Kennedy explained the future of his case.

According to police, a Traffic and Highway Patrol officer caught Nash driving a black Audi sedan at more than 100 kilometres an hour in a 60km/h zone in Elizabeth Street about 4.35pm on Sunday.

Police were on the lookout for the vehicle after receiving complaints about a car being driven dangerously between Cowra and Young.

After speaking with Nash, police searched the car and allegedly found a package containing 147.3 grams of cocaine in the boot.

Nash was arrested and taken to Young police station where he was charged with supplying a prohibited drug greater than the indictable quantity, possessing a prohibited drug, driving in a dangerous manner and breach of bail.

He was refused police bail on those charges pending his appearance in Wagga Local Court.

It was revealed then that Nash was on bail after being charged earlier this month with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

It is alleged Nash injured a woman in Orange on September 10. He faced Orange Local Court on those charges on September 15 and was granted bail.

Wagga magistrate Erin Kennedy revoked Nash’s bail on the Orange charges after being satisfied he had breached his bail conditions.

Legal Aid solicitor Jim Allen told Ms Kennedy Nash did not want to apply for bail on the Young charges.

Ms Kennedy adjourned the violence charges back to Orange Local Court on October 11 and adjourned the drugs and driving charges to Young Local Court on November 8.

In a statement issued a short time after the arrest Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s acting assistant commissioner David Driver praised the officers who arrested Nash on the weekend. “It should send a message to all motorists that highway patrol officers are always on the lookout for offenders”.

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