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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.
Originally posted by verylowfrequency
Curious - why are you mentioning Evan Rachel Wood?
I see no reference to her in your linked news article.
This may cause many to start hiding their valuables under their mattresses again.
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.