First Test of New Laws


ACT Policing has seized drugs, cash, and a vehicle following an incident in Braddon overnight.

About 10.20pm on Saturday, 28 October 2023, police on patrol on Lonsdale Street, Braddon had cause to speak to the occupants of a blue Holden Commodore sedan – a 23-year-old man, a 23-year-old woman, a 30-year-old man, and a 28-year-old man.

From outside the vehicle, police could see the top of a sandwich bag containing white powder protruding from next to the driver’s seat.

The driver – the 23-year-old man – allegedly started the vehicle and attempted to flee, however police were able to remove the key from the ignition, before removing the driver from the vehicle and detaining him.

While the driver was speaking with police, the front seat passenger – the 23-year-old woman – allegedly attempted to disperse white powder located on the driver’s seat. At this time, all occupants were removed from the vehicle and searched.

Following a search of the occupants and the vehicle, police seized approximately 28 grams of a substance suspected to be cocaine, loose white powder (from the driver’s seat), cannabis, two clip seal bags containing white powder suspected to be cocaine, a sum of cash, five mobile phones, and the blue Holden Commodore.

No arrests were made, however investigations into the incident are ongoing and charges are expected.

This incident is the first seizure under the ACT’s new drug laws.

Drug possession remains illegal in the ACT, and police will still seize illicit drugs if they see them.

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