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Man wanders the streets ‘with $ 50,000 worth of drugs in his backpack’ fined for breaking social distance

Accused drug dealer found he roamed Sydney streets ‘charged with $ 50,000 worth of meth in his backpack’ after quitting during coronavirus lock

  • Sydney, 40, has been accused of disregarding a public health policy
  • He would roam the CBD carrying $ 50,000 worth of drugs
  • Police reportedly found 65.2 grams of methamphetamine in the man’s backpack

A man has been charged with drug offenses after being arrested on a street in Sydney during a coronavirus lock.

Police questioned the 40-year-old man in Ultimo in the CBD on Wednesday afternoon and he was unable to explain why he was outside.

Detectives searched for him and reportedly found ‘substantial’ amounts of methamphetamine, ketamine and MDMA worth an estimated $ 50,000 in his backpack.

The man walked past Macarthur Steet, Sydney's CBD, at 5pm on Wednesday when he was arrested by police. He could not give a good reason to be in public

The man walked past Macarthur Steet, Sydney’s CBD, at 5pm on Wednesday when he was arrested by police. He could not give a good reason to be in public

The man also reportedly carried drug production equipment and over $ 4,000 in cash.

He will face the Central Local Court on Thursday, who has been charged with numerous crimes, including the delivery of illegal drugs.

He was also charged with not complying with a public health warrant because he had no legitimate reason to leave his home.

People in New South Wales can be fined $ 1,000 on the spot for people who left home for nonessential reasons.

Essential reasons include work, exercise, or buying items like groceries.

Officers are said to have found 65.2 grams of methamphetamine, 8.4 grams of MDMA and 12.9 grams of ketamine (stock)

Officers are said to have found 65.2 grams of methamphetamine, 8.4 grams of MDMA and 12.9 grams of ketamine (stock)

Officers are said to have found 65.2 grams of methamphetamine, 8.4 grams of MDMA and 12.9 grams of ketamine (stock)

He was arrested and charged with not complying with a public health warrant.

The man has also been charged with a range of drug offenses, including supplies, dealing with the proceeds of crime, possession of suspected stolen property, and having housebreaking instruments.

He will appear before the Central Local Court on Thursday.

WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCE?

Social distance is a term used by health authorities to slow down the spread of the coronavirus by keeping an appropriate distance between people.

Australian health authorities recommend at least 1.5 meters between each person at all times.

This is because coronavirus can be transmitted by:

  • Cough
  • To sneeze
  • Being in the same room for a long time
  • Touching the same surface

Social distance also means that physical contact with each other is limited as much as possible, which has led authorities to encourage people to work from home, avoid busy areas and public transport as much as possible.

Source: Australian Department of Health

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