Spanish police seize GBP 1m from junk-filled van
16 February 2004 CEUTA - Spanish police have found more than GBP 1 million in cash hidden in a spare tyre, a suitcase, a television and piles of junk in the back of a Renault van driven by two Moroccans, authorities said Monday.
“This was one of the biggest blows against currency smuggling carried out in Spain in the last several years,” said local police chief Angel Javier Gomez of the discovery of the British currency at the weekend in Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta.
Authorities used a counting machine lent by the Spanish central bank to tally up the cash stash which totalled GBP 1,102,555 in notes of 10, 20 and 50 pounds.
Gomez told reporters that his agents had been waiting more than a week to seize the van after receiving a tip off from an informant who had described the vehicle. Police believed the van was on its way to cross the border into Morocco when it was stopped.
The two Moroccans, one of whom is a resident of the southern Spanish port city of Algeciras, were to appear Monday in a local court where they face charges of currency smuggling, officials said.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news