Covidiot tried to cross border with fake permit

A man who police say tried to cross the NSW-Victoria border with a fake medical permit and drugs in the car was among three border arrests on Saturday.

A man tried to get into NSW from Victoria using a fake permit with drugs in the car, NSW Police said.

He tried to get away with claiming he had a medical appointment on the other side of the border, but police say they saw through the fake permit and arrested him on Saturday morning.

About 7am the Wangaratta man’s car was checked when he attempted to cross at Albury.

The 39-year-old allegedly produced a permit stating he had a medical reason exempting him from the strict border controls.

But checks revealed the permit was fraudulent, a police spokesperson said.

“A search of the car revealed a small amount of prohibited drugs, along with drug paraphernalia,” they said.

The man was arrested along with a 38-year-old male passenger and both were taken to Albury Police Station.

The passenger had a legitimate permit, the spokesperson said.

There are strict border conditions between NSW and Victoria, with police checking cars at Albury and other sites. Photo: David Gray/Getty Images
There are strict border conditions between NSW and Victoria, with police checking cars at Albury and other sites.
There are strict border conditions between NSW and Victoria, with police checking cars at Albury and other sites.

The driver was charged with drug possession and breach of bail, and was also issued a penalty notice for attempting to enter on false information.

He was refused bail and will appear in the Wagga Wagga Bail Court on Sunday.

The passenger, from Howlong, was charged with three counts of drug possession, and possess a drug implement.

He was given conditional bail to appear at Albury Local Court on October 12.

Meanwhile, another man was arrested on Saturday after allegedly trying to cross the border between NSW and Victoria three times in 24 hours.

The determined would-be border crosser was first stopped about 7am on Friday at a checkpoint on the Hume Highway, Albury, police said.

Officers spoke to the driver of the silver Ford Laser and the 37-year-old was issued a direction to return to Victoria.

Police are questioning drivers at border checkpoints between NSW and Victoria. (Photo by David Gray/Getty Images)
Police are questioning drivers at border checkpoints between NSW and Victoria.
Police are questioning drivers at border checkpoints between NSW and Victoria.

Police escorted him back over the border, the spokesperson said.

“Later that day, the man drove to a border checkpoint on Wodonga Place, Albury, and again attempted to enter NSW,” they said.

“He was allegedly unable to supply a permit and was issued with a Penalty Infringement Notice for $1000.”

About 10am Saturday the man was stopped for the third time, again at a Hume Highway checkpoint at Albury.

After three strikes he was arrested, taken to Albury Police Station and charged with not comply with noticed direction.

It is not known why the man was so persistent in trying to get into NSW.

He was refused bail and will appear at Wagga Wagga Local Court on Sunday.

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