Smelly car leads to 'sweaty tourist' with big cannabis stash

Wellington - Two French tourists are facing charges in New Zealand after a strong smell led police to discover an unexpected haul of cannabis in their car.

Sergeant Steve Watt told the New Zealand Herald a member of the public on Sunday called police in tourist magnet Queenstown at about 2am to report a vehicle "with a distinct smell of cannabis coming from it."
A search revealed 2.4 kilograms of cannabis packaged into one-ounce bags with an estimated street value of 50,000 New Zealand dollars (33,3990 US dollars).
The men, aged 27 and 23, were "pretty clammy to be fair," Watt told the paper.  "They didn't say much and they were sweaty," he added.
A find that size was very unusual and unexpected in the alpine resort town in the South Island renowned for adventure sports, Watts said. 
The duo was set to appear in Queenstown District Court on Monday.

Monday, April 29th 2019

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