Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Money laundering raid in Morecambe

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering after police seized thousands of pounds from a house in Morecambe.

The 40-year-old woman was arrested yesterday afternoon after police raided an address on Brook Street and discovered a substantial amount of cash and a small amount of cannabis. The money, which has been seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act, will now be subject to an investigation by police.

The action comes as part of the week-long Operation Firecrest, which is aimed at tackling rural crime. Officers have been carrying out extra patrols in remote areas; targeting suspected offenders; making visits to farms and rural businesses to offer crime prevention advice and hosting community meetings as well as providing a police presence at auction marts and other key locations.

“This was a substantial amount of cash," says DI Martin Pearson, "and our investigation will focus on why such a large sum of money was at the address.

“We were acting on local intelligence as part of Operation Firecrest and we will continue to do everything we can to investigate the finances of people who we suspect may have obtained money illegally”.

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