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Car loaded with 650,000 euros in cash stopped at Covid checkpoint in Spain

The cash haul that police found at a coronavirus measure compliance checkpoint in Toledo.
The cash haul that police found at a coronavirus measure compliance checkpoint in Toledo. / GUARDIA CIVIL
  • The 'restless' driver of the vehicle, that was stopped in Toledo, couldn't explain where the money had come from. It was seized by the Guardia Civil

Police manning a Covid-19 compliance checkpoint on a busy motorway that runs between Madrid and Toledo thought the driver of car appeared "nervous" but even they were shocked what they found when they opened the boot.

The Guardia Civil officers were carrying out a routine road control to ensure that drivers were complying with the health measures decreed during the state of alarm and the perimeter closure of Castilla-La Mancha.

But the “restless” nature of the driver aroused their suspicions.

When they initially looked in the vehicle they found 40,000 euros in bank notes. The driver was unable to give a credible explanation for the large sum of cash and his nervousness increased, so the officers decided to continue searching the boot of the with the help of a dog trained to detect drugs.

Their surprise grew when the dog discovered a false-bottomed area that was accessed through a complex locking system.

Inside they found packages of banknotes of different values packed in plastic bags.

The amount of money seized by Guardia Civil amounted to 640,950 euros.