Nearly 10kg of cannabis has been discovered strapped to the bottom of a truck during a routine inspection in southwestern NSW.
The B-double was also found to have faulty brakes and was being driven by a Queensland man who had exceeded his work hours.
Inspectors from Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) stopped the truck on the Hume Highway at Coolac on Wednesday and located a suitcase under a trailer filled with bags of what’s believed to be marijuana totalling 9.5kg.
They called police who arrested and charged the 48-year-old driver.
He was refused bail to appear in Wagga Wagga Local Court on Thursday.
The find comes a day after the NSW government warned truck drivers and transport companies it would throw the book at those doing the wrong thing following a spate of fatal crashes.
Five people have died on the state’s roads in three separate incidents involving trucks this week.
One company, whose driver was killed in a fiery crash involving a tanker on the M1 south of Newcastle on Monday, was found to have trucks with multiple defects during a joint police-RMS operation on Wednesday.
In the year to September 2017, the number of people killed in truck crashes on NSW roads jumped 86 per cent.
“That’s something we’re highly aware of and something we want to see reduced,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told Sydney’s 2GB radio on Thursday.
“We have invested massively in infrastructure to make sure the roads are as safe as can be and of course fatigue and other issues are relevant.”
She noted Roads Minister Melinda Pavey was close to finalising a review into heavy-vehicle safety but said there needed to be a national approach.