Further inquiries revealed that the driver was from Greater Sydney before he was arrested, ordered to undertake a COVID test and had his vehicle seized.
During a search of the vehicle, police allegedly found 145 kilograms of cannabis in vacuum-sealed bags concealed inside two large hot water systems and a toolbox.
Two mobile phones, a knife and other documentation, were also found during the search and will all undergo testing.
The total amount of cannabis seized has an estimated potential street value of $1.2 million.
The man returned a negative COVID-19 test.
He has been charged with supply prohibited drug (large commercial quantity), custody of a knife in a public place, not comply with noticed direction 7/8/9 – COVID-19, travel from metropolitan Sydney to NSW outside area.
He has been refused bail and will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court today.