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British Raid on Deposit Boxes Reveals Trove of Criminal Treasure

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posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 03:10 AM
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www.foxnews.com

A British police raid on safe deposit boxes has revealed an "Aladdin's cave of criminality" that spans murder, money laundering, pedophilia, people trafficking and drug running. The findings have led to 1,000 inquiries around the world.

More than 3,500 boxes were raided by officers from the Metropolitan Police's Specialist Crime Directorate in June last year.

They seized $51.5 million of cash in various denominations, of which $1.5 million has still to be claimed, dozens of passports, coc aine, firearms, forged banking bonds, including one for $4.95 million, suitcases full of gold and cannabis.

The contents of some of the boxes are being investigated by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, The Times has learned.

Seven hundred of the box holders are being referred to Customs for suspected tax evasion involving $22 million and officers have discovered a significant number of "ghosts" – people who have never paid any tax at all.

Elephant tusks worth $58,000 were also confiscated after a suspect's home was searched.

(visit the link for the full news article)



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posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 03:10 AM
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Police inquiries have led all over the world and officers expect the investigations to run for years to come. So far 11 people have been charged in connection with the raid, codenamed Operation Rize, and 40 have been arrested.

More than half of the boxes are thought to be connected to criminal activity


www.foxnews.com
(visit the link for the full news article)

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posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 03:26 AM
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Curious - why are you mentioning Evan Rachel Wood?

I see no reference to her in your linked news article.



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 03:43 AM
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Originally posted by verylowfrequency
Curious - why are you mentioning Evan Rachel Wood?

I see no reference to her in your linked news article.


That's been bothering me for the last 15 minutes. I had to google the name as I'd never heard of her.

The other poster might want to amend their post.



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 05:03 AM
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What a joke. 51 millions? What's the big deal? Raid the Cayman islands if you have balls. But no, that would expose the drug money that the CIA runs.



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 06:01 AM
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When you look at the story, it's remarkably thin.

Were there any warrants involved? "Over half" the boxes held evidence of criminal activity? What about the other half? Do those people even get an apology?

If I banked at these places I'd be looking to move my "safe" deposits somewhere else.



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 06:08 AM
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Ooooh if you've never paid any tax, your a GHOST!
Oh no!
What if you didn't WANT to pay any tax?
Oh no that's right you have to there is no other option, because the Government says so.
Of course all this money, has to be from crime, because the government SAYS SO!



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 07:13 AM
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So they start to randomly searching safety debosit boxes. Or they claim to have leads in 3000 cases to them... which I doubt. This is exactly what banks need, one less reason to trust them.



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 07:43 AM
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Do you know why they're called "SAFETY deposit boxes"?

Because they should only be accessed by the bank and it's clients.

I'm not saying Swiss Bank Accounts haven't in the past been used for a lot of money laundering and other criminal enterprises, but how can you just conduct MASS raids on private property like this with nothing but mere suspicion and belief in the common stereotype that safety deposit boxes=Mafia Bank accounts.

Elephant Tusks?

The UK has never been a signatory of any treaty or international wildlife protection pact that prevents the sale and transport of ivory products.

Otherwise, the Royal Family would probably be facing some ivory smuggling charges of their own.

What the hell right do they have to just take people's stuff like this?



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 08:08 AM
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I'm curious as to what the reason for doing this was. I think they would have to provide a good reason for searching peoples SAFETY deposit boxes. I think they are hunting for something in particular. I have never in my entire lifetime seen this happen. This may cause many to start hiding their valuables under their mattresses again.



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 08:14 AM
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It's a good thing they didn't find any IEDs laying in wait. This is outrageous that they can just go in there and open all them things up. Seems like governments everywhere are going rogue these days. This is good though, in that maybe it will eventually enrage enough sheople to begin thinking of overthrowing their overlords.



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 08:16 AM
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This may cause many to start hiding their valuables under their mattresses again.


Start?

It's going to be some time before people can trust banks again after how they simply abused people's trust to make astronomical profits fuelled by sheer greed.

At least your mattress doesn't support people who are too heavy for it.



posted on Mar, 26 2009 @ 03:25 AM
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Originally posted by Divinorumus
It's a good thing they didn't find any IEDs laying in wait. This is outrageous that they can just go in there and open all them things up. Seems like governments everywhere are going rogue these days.


It is outrageous indeed - I see only good & evil. It's clear the evil bloodsuckers are the ones invading other peoples private property.


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