This footage shows Australian police busting a man with over GBP 2 million in cash in the boot of his car during what they said was a “random intercept”, with the driver now charged with “money-laundering”.
The incident took place on Ormskirk Street, in the southern Brisbane suburb of Calamvale, which is located in the Australian state of Queensland, on Saturday morning (20th November) at around 5 AM.
The Queensland police have just released the footage along with a statement today (Monday 22nd November) obtained by Newsflash.
The footage shows the Australian police officers looking through a man’s car. One police officer can be heard asking the suspect: “Are you going to tell me what’s in that bag?”
In the next shot, one of the police officers, apparently wearing a body cam, can be seen opening the bag in the boot of the man’s car, using a penknife, as the bag was sealed shut with a cable tie.
The police officer cuts through the cable tie and opens the bag to reveal wads of cash stashed inside it.
One of the police officers in the video can be heard saying: “It’s cash. It’s all cash.”
And shortly thereafter, one of the police officers can also be heard saying: “Two bags in the boot. Absolutely full of cash. Like, mate, fifties, hundreds, twenties, all in vac-sealed bags.”
The police said that there was over AUD 4 million (GBP 2.1 million; USD 2.9 million) in cash in the bag.
The police said that they have since charged the suspect, who has not been named but who cops said was 28 years old, with money-laundering.
The police said in their statement that they initially “watched him place a large suitcase in the boot of this vehicle as they approached.”
While speaking to the suspect, the police said that he became “nervous and elusive”.
They said that the man, who is a resident of New South Wales, was arrested and he has since been charged with money-laundering.
He is set to appear at Brisbane Magistrate’s Court on 6th December.
The police also said: “Further investigation established the man had allegedly entered Queensland from New South Wales at some time within the 48 hours prior to his arrest.”
They added that the suspect has also been charged with failing to comply with COVID-19 public health directives, which have placed serious restrictions on freedom of movement inside the country in a bid to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
Individuals carrying sums of money that exceed AUD 10,000 (GBP 5,400; USD 7,250) must declare such amounts to the authorities, according to the Australian government.