Nelson Bay man without NSW re-entry permit arrested, charged for COVID-19 breach

NO GO ZONE: A Nelson Bay man found trying to enter NSW from Victoria without a permit was due to appear in an Albury on Tuesday.
NO GO ZONE: A Nelson Bay man found trying to enter NSW from Victoria without a permit was due to appear in an Albury on Tuesday.

A Nelson Bay man found trying to enter NSW from Victoria without a permit was due to appear in an Albury court this week to face charges of drug possession and breaching the COVID-19 Public Health Order.

The 49-year-old man was stopped by officers from Operation Border Closure at a checkpoint along the Hume Highway at Albury, near the border of Victoria, about 9.30pm on Monday, August 3.

Due to the COVID-19 spike in Victoria, travelling restrictions are in place between the southern state and NSW. To enter NSW from Victoria, a person must obtain a NSW border entry permit.

The officers were conducting permit checks on Monday night when they stopped a vehicle and spoke to the male driver - the Nelson Bay man.

NSW Police said the driver told officers he had travelled into Victoria on Saturday, August 1 and did not have a current permit to re-enter NSW.

"Police conducted various inquiries which revealed that the man had previously re-entered NSW on July 19 with his permit directing he self-isolate at his Nelson Bay home," a NSW Police statement said.

"Further, it was established that he had breached the direction to self-isolate on July 23 when local police conducted a compliance check and were unable to locate him."

It is alleged that the man became aggressive and argumentative when border officers questioned him and, after he was advised that he was being arrested, the Nelson Bay man resisted arrest and refused to comply with reasonable directions.

After being arrested the man was taken to Albury Police Station where police said he was observed throwing an item into a rubbish bin, which is alleged to have been a "satchel of cannabis".

The Nelson Bay man was charged with two counts of resist officer in execution of duty, not comply with noticed direction s7/8/9-COVID-19 under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW) and possess prohibited drug.

He was refused bail and was due to appear in Albury Local Court on Tuesday, August 4.