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He was driving on the highway in Dax with 340,000 euros in cash

Dax customs officers discovered a cache containing wads of banknotes under the trunk of a motorist on the A63.

On January 20, on the A63 motorway, the Dax police officers made a great catch. After stopping a vehicle, they discovered a cache containing 340,000 euros in cash in the trunk. French customs communicated about this offense in the press on February 1st.

The dog spots the species

Posted on the A63, customs agents spotted a car with an Albanian couple inside. The two individuals say they are arriving from Germany and going to Madrid for a great getaway. Incredulous, the police inspect the car, with the help of a dog. It is the latter who insists on the trunk, as if something suspicious was there. And the customs officers will indeed not be disappointed…

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The loot is in the trunk

The hiding place seemed ideal, but she was spotted by customs officers. It is actually a metal plate placed in the bottom of the trunk, cut using a grinder. Inside, it could hold several wads of cash, in pockets, filled with banknotes. In total, there are no less than 340,000 euros which were discovered in denominations of 50 and 20 euros, mainly.
You should know that if you are carrying a sum equal to or greater than 50,000 euros, you must provide a document attesting to the origin of the money.
If you don’t do this, you expose yourself to a legal sanction.

In all likelihood, this money would come from drug trafficking. The specialized interregional jurisdiction of Bordeaux transferred the investigation to the judicial financial investigation service and to the anti-narcotics office of the Bayonne judicial police.

Accused of money laundering, the couple was placed in pre-trial detention. The concealment or conversion of the direct or indirect proceeds of a crime or misdemeanor is considered money laundering and punishable by 5 years of imprisonment and a fine of 375,000 euros. Case to be continued for this Albanian couple during their upcoming trial.

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