Man arrested attempting to board flight to Dubai after $7 million cash seized

A man has been arrested allegedly attempting to flee the country after Drug and Firearms Squad detectives seized about $7 million cash concealed under concrete flooring in Sydney’s south-west last week.

In June last year, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad, with assistance from the NSW Crime Commission (NSWCC), established Strike Force Wolara to investigate the activities of a criminal syndicate suspected to be involved in the supply of prohibited drugs across the state.

Last Wednesday (2 June 2021), strike force detectives, with assistance from the Public Order and Riot Squad (PORS) and Australian Border Force (ABF) Detector Dog Unit, executed two search warrants at homes at Marrickville and Roselands.

During the search of the Roselands home, police located a large quantity of cash concealed under concrete flooring in a storage shed.

The cash was seized and is currently undergoing further examination as it is being counted. It’s estimated to be in excess of $7 million.

Following further inquiries, a 39-year-old man was arrested at Sydney International Airport just after 9pm yesterday (Thursday 10 June 2021), attempting to board a flight to Dubai.

Strike force detectives attended a short time later and escorted the man to Mascot Police Station, where he was charged with knowingly deal with proceeds of crime.

The Earlwood man has been refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today (Friday 11 June 2021).

Investigations under Strike Force Wolara are continuing.

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