Man found with knife strapped to his hip
A MAN who was allegedly found with a knife strapped to his hip allegedly told police he needed it to deal with "unsavoury people".
Nanango police Senior Constable Damien Corsan said police allegedly found a cocktail of drugs and a 12cm "throwing knife" on a 27-year-old man when in a search on Nanango Tarong Rd.
When police stopped the car at 10.30pm on Sunday night, Snr Const Corsan said its two male passengers allegedly appeared "nervous".
Snr Const Corsan said police searched the passenger's backpack and allegedly found a glass pipe, and "that's when we decided to do a strip search".
The Nanango officer said it was common for people to "dack" contraband in an effort to hide it from police.
"They throw it down the front of their underpants because they don't think they'll be strip searched," he said.
In the body search, police allegedly found one gram of ice and 12 grams of marijuana on the 27-year-old. Police found nothing on the driver.
The passenger was charged with possession of a drug utensil, possession of a knife in a public place and two counts of possessing dangerous drugs.
He will front Nanango Magistrates Court on April 7.
Snr Const Corsan said it was an offence to drive with illicit substances or any weapons in the car.
He said this was an issue Nanango police would crack down on.
"Any weapons, knives, knuckle dusters, baseball bats," he said.
"We're targeting to ensure public safety."
He warned drivers they were ultimately responsible for the car and its contents, unless the contraband was found on a passenger.
"You need to be aware of what's in your vehicle," he said.