South Yorkshire Police: Man arrested for money laundering after police stop his car on M1 and find bag full of £8k in cash

A man is facing a money laundering charge after South Yorkshire Police stopped his vehicle on the M1, and found a bag full of £8,000 in cash.

Thursday, 5th May 2022, 1:51 pm

The force stopped the vehicle on the M1 in Rotherham earlier this week.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police’s Operational Support Team said the driver was initially stopped for using his phone while driving.

Posting on Twitter, the spokesperson added: “This then turns up the fact he has no licence or insurance.

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering, after police stopped his vehicle on the M1 for using his phone while driving

“Subsequent stop/search then shows up circa 8k hidden in a carrier bag.

“Driver is arrested on suspicion of money laundering plus driving offences.

“The vehicle was also seized.

“Yet again, all that from a simple traffic stop.”

A member of the public asked the Operational Support Team whether being found that sum of cash was enough evidence on its own to be arrested on suspicion of money laundering.

The spokesperson replied: “There's more to it than what we can post.”

“We wouldn't arrest everyone with 8k on them without enough suspicion of an offence.”