The 43-year-old man, a local from Gérgal (Almería), might not have come to the attention of the policemen at the roadside checkpoint had he not carried out suspicious manoeuvres upon coming across the control.
But when you do handbrake turns within sight of bored policemen then something goes click and before you know it you’re peering into your open boot at the police sniffer dog peeing on the spare wheel.
The money was confiscated under the Ley 19/2003, which was brought into being to fight against money laundering: money being moved around in cash in any currency, cheques to the bearer, within national territory, over the quantity of 100,000 euros, should be communicated to the tax authorities, or end up in the police Chrismas raffle. The last clause of the preceding sentence might be wildly inaccurate, mind.
If you do move it officially, Hacienda will give you a nice piece of paper that will stop sniffer dogs defecating in the baggage space of your car and might even prevent you from being hung upside down and having the soles of your feet beaten with a sullen kipper.
Anyway, when they searched the boot of his car they found three plastic containers, each with 200,000 euros within. They asked him for the required piece of paper, he shrugged and they confiscated the money, to be deposited in a special police bank account for this purpose… in the Bahamas. Just joking, officer!
The Guardia Civil police station in Guadix is dealing with the investigation into where the money originated.
(News: Almeria/Granada, Andalucia)