Taskforce Erebus investigators seize almost $900,000 cash; man charged

Investigators attached to Taskforce Erebus have executed five search warrants on the state’s Central Coast, arresting a man and seizing almost $900,000 cash, believed to be the proceeds of crime.

Acting on information, Criminal Groups Squad detectives – assisted by Northern Region Operation Support Group (OSG) – searched several storage units at Woy Woy, then a home in Umina, from 9am yesterday (Wednesday 19 May 2022).

A 37-year-old man was arrested while allegedly attempting to flee the Umina home and taken to Gosford Police Station.

A short time later, detectives located $338,000 cash in the home, before returning to the storage facility and seizing a further $556,000 and additional sums of foreign currency.

All seized cash will undergo further forensic analysis.

The man – who is a UK National – has since been charged with enter enclosed land not prescribed premises without lawful excuse, and knowingly deal with proceeds of crime.

He was refused bail to appear at Gosford Local Court today (Thursday 19 May 2022).

Taskforce Erebus was established by the NSW Police Force, in partnership with the NSW Crime Commission, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and Australian Federal Police (AFP), to investigate a spate of recent murders and other serious organised crime.

The Taskforce is being led by State Crime Command (SCC) under the National Organised Crime Response Plan and includes detectives, analysts, and other resources as part of a bolstered multi-agency response.

Anyone with information that may assist Taskforce Erebus investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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