Police were left stunned to discover almost £500,000 in CASH in the boot of a car they pulled over on a motorway.
Traffic officers had stopped the vehicle on the M6 near Junction 1 for Rugby, Warks., on Tuesday night (18/12).
The driver was found with a haul of nearly half a million pounds in £10, £20 and £50 notes stuffed inside a black holdall bag neatly stacked and wrapped in elastic bands.
West Midlands Police said the discovery was made as a result of a joint investigation with the National Crime Agency (NCA).
Sharing details of the operation on Twitter, they wrote from their @WMPTraffic account: “A job from yesterday. Joint operation led to a stop on this vehicle on the M6 near to junction 1.
“The driver was found with this in a holdall. Roughly £500k in cash.
“All proceeds of criminal activity. We may have upset some criminals this Christmas.”
Reacting to the discovery, web user Andy Phillips replied: “Wow!!!!”
Naz said “Fantastic result!” while Les Twigg added: “You’ve spoiled someone’s game of Monopoly on Christmas day.”
Jacqueline Weaver put: “It’s a shame it can’t go to the homeless. Fantastic job though guys.”
Another user Lee joked: “I’d have reported £400k and had the best Christmas ever!!”
Nock added: “Well done all- most people graft the honest & hard way & it’s sickening crim scum can make this much (normally through other peoples misery).”