/Outback search reveals almost $1m allegedly hidden in cars fuel tank

Outback search reveals almost $1m allegedly hidden in cars fuel tank

Updated

May 11, 2019 09:55:06

Police have allegedly found almost $1 million in cash hidden in a driver’s fuel tank in the outback New South Wales town of Broken Hill.

Key points:

  • Police pulled over the car in Broken Hill, a mining town in far west NSW
  • After a search of the car, police discovered a fuel storage tank where the money was allegedly hidden
  • The 52-year-old man will appear in the Broken Hill court today

Officers from the historical mining town pulled over the vehicle about 3:30am on Friday.

Police said the driver, a 52-year-old man, appeared “nervous”, triggering a search of the car.

The officers allegedly found a methamphetamine pipe in the man’s luggage.

A further search of the fuel storage tank in the car, which has a capacity of 400 litres, caused police to seize the vehicle and conduct a more intense search.

The tank was only three quarters full.

The fuel tank was taken to a local machinery dealer who drained it, allegedly revealing a false bottom in the tank.

A steel box was located inside the tank allegedly containing $947,000 in cash sealed in Cryovac bags.

The driver was charged with dealing in proceeds of crime and goods in custody.

He was refused bail and will appear in Broken Hill court today.

Topics:

crime,

law-crime-and-justice,

broken-hill-2880,

nsw

First posted

May 11, 2019 08:57:57