Over US$1 mil. found stashed in beer boxes
TFN News Editor
Published: May 17, 2013
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Police arrested a male driver Tuesday morning after he was unable to say why there was more than $1 million in American currency in beer boxes in the vehicle.
The cash, police believe, are proceeds derived from criminal conduct.
The discovery was made around 11:30 a.m. by officers on mobile patrol in the Balao and Midshipman Road area when they reportedly observed the driver of a silver 2013 Hyundai Sonata acting suspicious.
Police say the vehicle was travelling east along Midshipman Road when they stopped the driver.
A search of the vehicle and its occupant allegedly turned up three beer boxes containing $1,010,980 in U.S. currency.
Police confiscated the money and the male driver was arrested and taken into police custody.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour, officer in charge of Grand Bahama, explained that officers on mobile patrol would routinely conduct daily vehicle stops on any given day for various traffic-related offenses.
“This is an occasion when the officers would have stopped the vehicle because of course they weren’t satisfied with the way the driver was acting and so they pulled the vehicle over,” he said.
The discovery and arrest, the Grand Bahama police chief said, is extremely significant for the district.
“We’re happy to make a dent in criminal activities here in Grand Bahama by confiscating such a significant amount of money,” he said.
“We know that the person or persons involved may have been up to criminal mischief. So, of course, this is a strike against them and we’re happy that in some way it will definitely prevent them from further advancing their criminal activities here in the district or, by extension, in The Bahamas.”
Police say they are continuing their investigation into this matter and additional arrests could be made.
“Wherever the investigation leads, if that means that we have to arrest additional people as well, of course we’re going to do that. The matter hasn’t been closed.”
In the meantime, the driver is expected to be arraigned in a New Providence court sometime today.