A MAN has been charged after police allegedly found almost $1 million in cash stashed in a rental car’s fuel tank in outback New South Wales.
Officers stopped the vehicle on Rakow Street in the historical mining town of Broken Hill about 3.30am on Friday.
Police said officers searched the car after becoming suspicious of the “nervous” 52-year-old driver .
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During the search, police allegedly found a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine in the man’s luggage and noticed that the rental car had been equipped with a new fuel storage tank.
Upon closer inspection, it was revealed the tank, which has a capacity of 400 litres, was only three quarters full.
“A closer look at a new fuel storage tank in the vehicle raised further suspicion,” Police said in a statement.
Police seized the vehicle and drained the fuel tank which allegedly revealed a false bottom.
Within the false bottom was a steel box allegedly packed with $947,000 in cash, sealed in cryovac bags.
The 52-year-old driver was arrested and taken to Broken Hill Police Station where he was charged with dealing in the proceeds of crime and having goods in custody.
He was refused bail and due to front Broken Hill Bail Court today.
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