Freedomroo – Enormous bag containing $2million in cash seized in Melbourne as meth syndicate smashed

Detectives have seized more than $1.8million in cash (pictured) after taking down a drug trafficking syndicate. Police found most of the money in $50 and $100 bank notes piled high on a coffee table at a Melbourne address
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Ever wondered what $2MILLION looks like in CASH? Enormous bag of money is seized by police as meth trafficking syndicate is smashed

  • Detectives seized more than $1.8million in cash after catching drug syndicate 
  • Drug haul found in a shipment of tyres at the Port of Melbourne in March 2020
  • Nine days later officers discovered pile of $50 and $100 notes on a coffee table
  • Cash has now been forfeited to the Australian government for crime prevention 










Detectives have seized more than $1.8million in cash after taking down a drug trafficking syndicate trying to import 250kg of meth into Australia.

The Australian Federal Police intercepted the drug haul, which was hidden in a shipment of tyres, at the Port of Melbourne on March 11, 2020.

Nine days later officers discovered most of the money in $50 and $100 bank notes piled high on a coffee table at a Melbourne address, an AFP spokesman said.

Detectives have seized more than $1.8million in cash (pictured) after taking down a drug trafficking syndicate. Police found most of the money in $50 and $100 bank notes piled high on a coffee table at a Melbourne address

The cash has now been forfeited to the Australian government after three men were arrested and sentenced to up to 11 years in prison for their role in the syndicate.

All three pleaded guilty to possessing a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs. 

A 21-year-old man was sentenced to a maximum of 11 years in jail, and will serve six years behind bars before being eligible for parole.

Two 20-year-old men received maximum prison terms of 10 and five years. 

They must serve five and two and a half years in prison respectively.

The cash has now been forfeited to the Australian government after three men were arrested and sentenced to up to 11 years in prison for their role in the syndicate

The cash has now been forfeited to the Australian government after three men were arrested and sentenced to up to 11 years in prison for their role in the syndicate

Three men pleaded guilty to possessing a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs. Pictured is part of the cash haul

Three men pleaded guilty to possessing a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs. Pictured is part of the cash haul

The cash will be sent to the Australian Financial Securities Authority (AFSA), which will use the money for crime intervention and other law enforcement initiatives.

AFP Commander Criminal Assets Confiscation Stephen Fry said the case demonstrated the force’s ability to deprive offenders of the proceeds of crime.

‘This case demonstrates that the AFP-led CACT will relentlessly pursue criminally obtained assets to ensure that those who commit crimes are deprived from enjoying the benefits obtained from their illicit activities,’ Mr Fry said. 

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