Police arrest £ 5 million money laundering operation

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Ruslan Shamsutdinov, 36, was seen ‘struggling noticeably’ outside an apartment building in Fulham, south west London, carrying the bags

Police arrested a £ 5 million money laundering operation when officers saw a man ‘struggling’ to carry heavy bags full of dirty money.

Ruslan Shamsutdinov, 36, was seen ‘struggling noticeably’ outside an apartment building in Fulham, southwest London, carrying the bags.

The police stopped him and discovered a ‘significant amount’ of banknotes.

Agents searched the flat and found a total of £ 5,082,026.17 along with 39,000 euros. An additional £ 8,038.81 was found in Shamsutdinov’s house.

It marks the largest cash withdrawal ever seized by the Met.

The Met Police’s Specialist Crime Command led the investigation – which focused on firearms offenses and large-scale drug deliveries across London.

“Large-scale money launderer” Sergejs Auzins, 46, was first identified by agents who discovered he was delivering large amounts of cash to the Fulham address.

A plotting of the address on June 5, 2020 revealed Shamsutdinov with the money.

A third man, 35-year-old Serwan Ahmadi, was arrested on July 14 after being seen leaving his home address in Edmonton, north London, with a bag.

Officers arrested him and found that the bag held £ 59,980. A search of his address fetched an additional £ 198,665.

'Large-scale money launderer' Sergejs Auzins, 46, (pictured) was first identified by agents who discovered he was delivering large amounts of cash to the Fulham address

A third man, Serwan Ahmadi, 35, (pictured), was arrested on July 14 after being seen leaving his home address in Edmonton, north London, with a bag

“Large-scale money launderer” Sergejs Auzins, 46, (left) was first identified by agents who discovered he was delivering large amounts of cash to the Fulham address. A third man, Serwan Ahmadi, 35, (right), was arrested on July 14 after being seen leaving his home address in Edmonton, North London, with a bag

Police arrested a £ 5 million money laundering operation (some of the money was discovered, see photo) when the police saw a man struggling to carry 'heavy bags full of dirty money

Police arrested a £ 5 million money laundering operation (some of the money was discovered, photo) when the police saw a man struggling to carry ‘heavy bags full of dirty money

The Met Police's Specialist Crime Command led the investigation (part of the money recovered, photo) - which focused on firearms offenses and large-scale drug supply across London

The Met Police’s Specialist Crime Command led the investigation (part of the money recovered, photo) – which focused on firearms offenses and large-scale drug supply across London

Auzins was arrested at his home in Rochester just a day later and a further £ 14,435.63 was seized.

All three men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer, or dispose of criminal property last year.

They were convicted yesterday.

Shamsutdinov, from Hackney, was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison.

Chief Inspector Jason Prins, of the Specialist Crime Command, said: 'As part of a long-running operation against firearms crime and large-scale Class A drug supply in London, more than £ 5 million in criminal money was seized at an address in Fulham'

Chief Inspector Jason Prins, of the Specialist Crime Command, said: ‘As part of a long-running operation against firearms crime and large-scale Class A drug supply in London, more than £ 5 million in criminal money was seized at an address in Fulham’

Auzins of Rochester was sentenced to three years and four months.

Ahmadi was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison, with a two-year suspended sentence. He was also ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work.

Chief Inspector Jason Prins, of the Specialist Crime Command, said: ‘As part of a long-running operation against firearms crime and large-scale Class A drug supply in London, more than £ 5 million in criminal money was seized at an address in Fulham.

“This is the largest cash seizure ever by the Met and I believe it is one of the largest ever nationally.

Organized crime is motivated by money and is one of the biggest causes of street violence.

‘Tackling this violence is our top priority. This seizure, and the conviction of these men for money laundering, will have a major impact on the ability of a number of criminal groups to continue their activities. ‘

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