Quarter of a million dollars in cash found in van near Wagga Wagga

Police have found more than a quarter of a million dollars in cash stashed in the back of a van during a traffic stop near Wagga Wagga, in the NSW Riverina.

The white Toyota Hiace was first spotted being driven in a suspicious manner along the Hume Highway at Mundarlo, about 40 kilometres east of Wagga Wagga, at around 9am on Wednesday.

Cootamunda Highway Patrol officers were notified and stopped the Toyota just south of Tarcutta a short time later.


Officers spoke to the male driver and conducted a search of van, allegedly finding almost $280,000 in cash stashed in plastic shopping bags in the back.

The 26-year-old driver was arrested and taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station where he was subjected to a drug test, which allegedly returned a positive indication for methyl amphetamine.

The man, who police say is from Queensland, was charged with recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.

He was refused bail to appear in Wagga Wagga Local Court today.

The incident has prompted Commander of Traffic and Highway Patrol, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley to warn motorists of the consequences of using the road to undertake unlawful activities.

“If you think you are going to get away with illegal activity on our roads, you can think again, he said.

“The CATCH program targets vehicles suspected of transporting drugs and other illegal contraband.

“Police are out in force, and if you are doing the wrong thing, we will catch up with you.”