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Routine traffic stop turns up millions in cash and drugs

Police seized a large amount of cash on Monday morning after searching an inner-city Brisbane shed.
Police seized a large amount of cash on Monday morning after searching an inner-city Brisbane shed. Queensland Police

BANKING officials will be called in to help police count millions of dollars in cash discovered in an inner-city Brisbane shed.

The shock discovery was sparked when police attempted to carry out a routine traffic stop on Sunday night.

Police allege a motorbike roder fled after officers tried to pull him over at 8.45pm at Kangaroo Point.

Shortly after, officers located the motorcyclist in Fortitude Valley and allegedly found the rider with heroine, methamphetamines and a knife.

Police allegedly were later led to a storage shed at West End where cash and firearms were discovered.

A gun, steroids and more drugs were also allegedly found at a house in South Brisbane.

Queensland Police Detective Acting Superintendent Geoff Sheldon said the drugs ranged from steroids to cocaine to methamphetamine.

"We haven't fully analysed it as it is early in the investigation but there are at least a couple of kilos of white powder substance and multiple millions in Australian bank notes," he said.

"...it's not often that we see multiple millions in cash so it is one of those things where we are taking a security precaution and having it counted by a banking institution."

Acting Supt Sheldon said he was not sure if it was the biggest seizure in Queensland history but said it was the largest in recent times.

"I have done two different stints in the drug squad and I have not seen multiple millions like this," he said.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested and will appear in court on Tuesday.

Topics:  brisbane cash crime police traffic



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