Police find £30k of ‘drug money’ in safe on car backseat outside McDonald’s
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A man has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering after he was found in a McDonald's car park with a safe containing up to £30,000 in cash.
Bodycam footage released by West Midlands Police captures the moment the stash of cash spewed out of the safe after the officers keyed in the code.
A bag full of cash notes falls onto the floor as soon as the officer opens the safe door.
They counted a total of £30,000 cash inside the safe.
Police allege the driver initially refused to give details on the items locked inside the safe, but later told officers the code.
They had initially been called to reports of a man with a knife, according to Birmingham Live.
Officers found no weapons but seized the safe from the back seat of a vehicle at the Gallagher Retail Park, Coventry.
In a statement, the force said: "We’ve arrested a man on suspicion of money laundering after he was found in a restaurant car park with a safe containing up to £30,000 in cash.
"Our officers found him at McDonald’s in Gallagher Retail Park #Coventry on Wednesday (Oct 7) at 10.35am following reports he’d been seen with a knife.
"We didn’t find a weapon but there was a safe on the back seats which was later found to be hiding a stash of money."
Police said they had seized the money, which they suspect could be ill-gotten drugs profits.
The safe will be examined for any traces of illegal substances, they added.
The suspect was released under investigation while enquiries continue.
Police said if the suspect could not prove he came by the money legally, officers would look to seize it permanently under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
"Money from the Act goes towards community projects and crime prevention schemes," the force added.
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