Hoodie the key to drug find in car

IT was the driver’s hoodie that first piqued police interest.

Why was the driver wearing it while driving along the Hume Highway when the temperature was already about 25 degrees by late morning?

So the policeman on patrol on Monday called the station for a car check and it showed it was registered to a probationary driver.

And because there were no P-plates on the car, that was enough reason to pull it over, Albury Local Court was told yesterday.

Colin Kenneth Elvin and the female driver, Palma Yu, said they had borrowed the car from a friend and were returning to Canberra from Melbourne after visiting relatives.

Both produced ACT licences and Yu’s left hand, resting on her leg, started to shake violently.

Police found a large red, striped bag in the boot after they agreed to a vehicle search.

Three sealed plastic bags were found with more bags inside allegedly containing cannabis valued at $122,400.

Elvin and Yu appeared in court yesterday, each charged with supplying more than the indictable quantity of cannabis and drug possession.

Prosecutor Sgt Shannon Lewis asked for stringent bail conditions.

Magistrate Megan Greenwood was told Elvin, 33, of Edward Street, Higgins, was the primary carer for a 19-month-old child.

He works at a Thai massage parlour and employs up to 18 staff.

Ms Greenwood released him on $10,000 bail, ordered him to report to ACT police three times a week and surrender his passport.

Yu, 50, of Macqueen Place, Charnwood, moved to the ACT from Sydney in 2010 after coming to Australia from the Philippines in 1993.

Solicitor Sue Robey said Yu’s father, 83, depended on her for care.

Ms Robey said Yu was receiving a pension.

She was released on $5000 bail and ordered to report to police three times a week and surrender her passport.

Ms Greenwood ordered Elvin and Yu not to contact each other.

They return to court on January 21 after the preparation of a police evidence brief by January 7.

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