Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

Police have arrested a man after they stopped a car in Mount Gambier and searched a passenger and a home, locating drugs and an imitation firearm.

About 10am Friday officers stopped a Ford Ranger utility on Vansittart Road at Mount Gambier after spotting a young child in the car not wearing a seatbelt.

Police searched the occupants and located cannabis, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on one passenger, a 40-year-old man from Mount Gambier.

A house in Laird Street, Mount Gambier, was later searched with police locating cannabis and a regulation imitation firearm (gel blaster).

The Mount Gambier man was arrested and charged with possessing a regulation imitation firearm, possessing an unregistered firearm, breaching a Firearms Prohibition Order and two counts of trafficking in a controlled drug.

The driver of the vehicle, a 59-year-old man from Mount Gambier, was issued a fine for failing to ensure a passenger under 16 was wearing a seatbelt or approved child restraint.

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