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Around £225,000 in cash has been recovered after GMP patrols stopped a car in Salford as part of Operation Falcon.
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of money laundering after the large quantity of money was found in two cardboard boxes after the vehicle was stopped near Pendleton Island at around 8pm on 6 October 2022.
The arrests follow an investigation by GMP’s Money Laundering Team within the Economic Crime and Cyber Unit (ECU) in partnership with Roads Policing as part of Operation Falcon, a collaboration between the ECU and Special Operations to tackle money laundering across Greater Manchester.
Two men, aged 22 and 60, remain in custody for questioning.
Temporary Detective Superintendent Joseph Harrop, of GMP’s Economic Crime and Cyber Unit, said: “This was an excellent example of partnership working between the ECU and Roads Policing to recover and detain what is suspected to be criminally derived cash from the streets of Manchester.
“This seizure is another positive result for Operation Falcon that has seen more than £800,000 seized since it was launched in May this year.
“Cash-based money-laundering often funds serious and organised crime, and Operation Falcon will continue to target those suspected to be involved.
“No matter how hard attempts are made to hide the money, we will find it and reinvest it back into the communities of Greater Manchester.”