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Money haul UK cops seize €5.8 million after spotting man struggling with bags stuffed with cash

Police believe the money piled up because efforts to launder or spend the money become much more difficult during lockdown.

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Cash seized by UK cops

Cash seized by UK cops

Cash seized by UK cops

Three men have been sentenced following the biggest-ever cash seizure by London’s Metropolitan Police. 

A huge haul of £5 million (€5.8m) was discovered after the gang reportedly “didn’t know what to do with it”.

Dozens of bundles of cash were found hidden in boxes and shopping bags.

Police believe the money piled up because efforts to launder or spend the money become much more difficult during lockdown.

The money was discovered during a police surveillance operation into gun crime and drugs dealing which identified a money launderer, Sergejs Auzins.

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Police found the cash at a southwest London flat

Police found the cash at a southwest London flat

Police found the cash at a southwest London flat

Following this another man, Ruslan Shamsutdinov, was seen struggling to carry heavy bags as he left Porteus Apartments in Fulham. He placed the bags into a parked car and when officers stopped him, they were found to contain a ‘considerable amount of cash”, the Met Police said.

Following the sentencing, Detective Superintendent Jason Prins said: "This is the largest ever single cash seizure by the Met and I believe one of the largest ever nationally.

“Organised crime is motivated by money and is one of the biggest causes of violence on our streets. Tackling this violence is our main priority.

“This seizure, and the conviction of these men for laundering that money, will have a major impact on the ability of a number of crime groups to carry on with their activities.”

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