Man charged at Deepwater during Operation Tortoise

ON THE JOB: Highway patrol officers conduct roadside tests near Tamworth over the long weekend as part of Operation Tortoise. Photo: Peter Hardin 140417PHD034

ON THE JOB: Highway patrol officers conduct roadside tests near Tamworth over the long weekend as part of Operation Tortoise. Photo: Peter Hardin 140417PHD034

A MAN has been charged after police seized drugs from his vehicle at Deepwater during the statewide Easter long weekend road operation.

The 42-year-old was charged after he was stopped on the New England Highway at Deepwater by officers attached to Tenterfield Highway Patrol about 4.45pm Saturday.

Police will allege they found methamphetamine and an ice pipe while they searched his vehicle.

The man, from Mangerton, has been charged with supply a prohibited drug, and possession of equipment for administering prohibited drugs. 

He was granted bail to appear in Tenterfield Local Court on Thursday 11 May 2017.

The statewide road blitz, Operation Tortoise continues until midnight Monday. 

Already, three people have lost their live on NSW roads over the Easter long weekend – two more than for the same period last year.

Double-demerits will be enforced throughout the operation, as local police remind drivers to take special care on rural roads.