Lorry driver forced to forfeit £25,000 at Channel Tunnel in Folkestone as he tried to leave UK

Contributed by editor on Mar 31, 2020 - 04:30 PM


A lorry driver caught with almost £25,000 hidden inside his vehicle has been forced to forfeit the cash under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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The driver from Turkey, was stopped by Kent Police officers as he attempted to leave the UK via the Channel Tunnel on the morning of Wednesday 19 September 2018.

They searched his lorry and discovered a total of £24,733 cash, the majority of which was stored inside a small locked safe.

He was unable to provide a plausible explanation for how he came to be in possession of the money or why he was leaving the country with it, so officers seized it pending further enquiries.

Financial investigators from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate built a case against the lorry driver and made an application for the cash to be permanently forfeited using legislation under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The application was granted following a hearing at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Monday 23 March 2020.

Detective Chief Inspector Patrick Milford of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said that while the man was never arrested or charged with any criminal offences: "He was unable to prove that the money in his possession had been earned through legitimate means."

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