Police Find Almost £1 Million In Cash In Man's Home
The 31-year-old suspect was found with £12,000 (£14,721) on him when he was stopped by cops from the Metropolitan Police's Operation Venice on Tuesday (26 March).
The man was unable to give police a valid reason as to why he was carrying around so much cash, so officers arrested him under the Proceeds of Crime Act and he was taken to a nearby police station for questioning.
While being interviewed, police visited the suspect's home where they found huge piles of cash stuffed into shoe boxes and bags. They also found several passports.
Detective Chief Inspector Shaun White, who leads the Operation Venice Command, said: "Whilst we are in the process of counting all of this cash, we believe we have seized almost £1 million.
"There is no justifiable reason for this much cash not be kept in a bank account, unless it has been sourced from ill-gotten activities involving criminality.
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"This is a great seizure involving both strands of Operation Venice - our Scorpion drivers (who use motorbikes and cars to stop criminals using powered two-wheelers) and our Venice Investigations Team (VIT), who carry out the searches and develop the arrests through court in order to secure convictions."
The man remains in police custody.
White added: "Operation Venice officers work around the clock, alongside, and supported by officers from around the Met to tackle serious and organised crime. We will continue to work with them to arrest and prosecute those who believe they can get away with criminal behaviour in the capital."
This isn't the first time a vehicle stop has led to an impressive result for officers this month. Police in Devon and Cornwall pulled over a white van driver while he was on the A5 only to discover the inside of his vehicle was completely covered in white powder.
The unnamed suspect had attempted to lash £25,000 ($30,940) worth of cocaine out of his van window but had forgot to open it first, meaning the bag of coke smashed into the window, burst, and covered the cab of the van.
Cops shared a photo of the van on Twitter, writing alongside it: "This van was stopped on the M5 on its way into Devon. The white powder is approx £25,000 worth of cocaine which was scattered all over the cab after its owner tried to throw it out of the window (which was closed!).
"Great Team effort with Firearms, Traffic and Scenes of Crime."
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