A man has been been charged after police uncovered a huge stash of cash hidden inside Woolies shopping bags during a vehicle stop on the Gold Coast.
Detectives from the Gold Coast Major and Organised Crime Squad made the shock discovery after pulling over a car in Ashmore around 8.00pm on Tuesday night.
A 33-year-old man from Bundall was arrested at the scene and taken to the local watch house where he was charged with possessing tainted property.
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Following the arrest, detectives raided a home and car on Campbell Street in Bundall, where they seized two cash counting machines, an additional sum of cash and two handguns.
The two cars searched by police were also seized, with the total amount of cash found inside the cars and home totalling just under $2 million dollars.
South East Region MOCS Acting Detective Inspector Ian Galpin said the charges reflect police’s ongoing commitment to disrupting criminal activity in the area.
“We are now investigating any possible links to money laundering and or serious organised crime syndicates who generate significant criminal revenue each year,” Acting Detective Inspector Ian Galpin said.
“I encourage anyone with information relating to persons involved in organised crime to contact Crime Stoppers.”
He said investigations are continuing, and further charges are expected.