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Charges laid after more than $700K seized when driver caught not wearing seatbelt - Bella Vista

Friday, 14 May 2021 08:19:02 AM

A man will face court today charged after police seized more than $700,000 cash as a result of a vehicle stop for a seatbelt offence in Sydney’s north-west overnight.

Just before 8.30pm (Thursday 13 May 2021), officers from The Hills Traffic and Highway Patrol were conducting patrols of the Bella Vista area, when they detected a driver not wearing a seatbelt.

Police stopped the Toyota Camry on Circa Boulevarde and spoke to the unrestrained driver.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers allegedly located $75,000 concealed in the boot and secreted under the rear seat.

The 39-year-old male driver was arrested and taken to Castle Hill Police Station.

As part of inquiries, officers executed a search warrant at a serviced apartment at Bella Vista, where a further $650,000 was seized.

The Queensland man was subsequently charged with knowingly deal with proceeds of crime.

He has been refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court today (Friday 14 May 2021).

Inquiries are continuing.