How Victoria Police uncovered $1m worth of cannabis in border drug bust

Victoria's locked down country roads have turned into contraband highways, bringing the state's border bandits under the spotlight.

9News can reveal police uncovered $1 million worth of cannabis inside a Mitsubishi pulled over in Barnawartha near the Victoria-NSW border this week.

The 28-year-old driver from the Melbourne suburb of Point Cook told police he was on his way to Sydney.

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But when he couldn't present a permit to officers, they searched the four-wheel drive and allegedly found 50kgs of the drug stuffed inside.

"It just shows that some of those in the criminal world are prepared to take the risks," Inspector Brad Sprague said.

Ali Sadeghi-Iman was charged with trafficking and possessing a commercial quantity of cannabis and remains behind bars.

He is one of many alleged drug runners police have stopped in their tracks along the Hume Highway around Seymour, Shepparton and Wodonga in regional Victoria.

"We're always conscious of what is going up and down the highway," Inspector Sprague said.

The three-day operation targeted stolen cars and also uncovered a number of drug-affected and disqualified drivers.

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Among the drivers was a 24-year-old in Kialla, who performed wheelies on an unregistered bike, unaware he was being watched from above.

In Wodonga, there was also no escape for an alleged 25-year-old speeding driver who ran into a nearby estate to take a rest stop, before dumping his bike metres from the dog squad.

Officers surrounded him as he hid beside a house, impounding his unregistered ride.

"It's extremely dangerous – we see them going through intersections against red lights and travelling on the wrong side of the road," Inspector Sprague said.

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There are up to 400 officers deployed across the state every day to police COVID compliance.

Victoria Police say there is no way serious criminals can fly under the radar.

Up to 14 people were charged for offences and eight vehicles were impounded across three nights.

The youngest was an unlicensed 17-year-old from Shepparton who allegedly clocked more than 150km/h on a bike.

"We won't tolerate it and we will throw resources at it to curb their behaviour," Inspector Sprague said.

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