Nabbed on drug run

A MAN who attempted to traffic about 20kg of ice through the Mallee, while his child was seated next to him, pleaded guilty to supply charges when he faced Wentworth Local Court on Tuesday.

Yaqoob Hassanpoor, 38, pleaded guilty to supply of a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and will have his case heard at a sitting of the District Court next week.

According to a statement of facts tendered to the court, on June 25 Hassanpoor was travelling through Balranald with his eight-year-old son, when policed directed him to pull over and carried out a licence check.

Police said the man was visibly shaking and when asked simple questions appeared nervous and was sweating.

Police searched the man’s ute and under its canopy located a green shopping bag containing 7.9kg of methamphetamine before locating another bag containing 5.9kg of the drug.

Hassanpoor was arrested and interviewed by the Dareton Crime Investigation Unit at Balranald Police Station where he told officers there was another 5kg bag of ice in the vehicle.

A further search revealed the bag plus two resealable bags containing ice under the driver’s seat labelled “Kingpin” and “Zombie Killer”, each containing about 100g of ice, along with $680 cash and a set of scales.

In a police interview Hassanpoor admitted the drugs belonged to him and said he had obtained them while in Sydney where he resided, but stated he was currently homeless.

The accused said he was transporting the drugs to Adelaide and when questioned why his son accompanied him, he replied that he simply wanted to come on the trip.

Hassanpoor will now appear before a sitting of the Broken Hill District Court on December 12.

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