Police seize ‘contraband’

POLICE have arrested two people as part of a money laundering investigation.

On Tuesday, July 26, officers carried out warrants at four houses; one in Buxton, another in Whaley Bridge and two in Wigan.

Two warrants were carried out at houses on the Isle of Man on the same day.

A 62-year-old man was arrested at the Whaley Bridge house on suspicion of money laundering. He was later released on bail pending further enquiries.

Two cars, cash and a quantity of cigarettes, thought to be contraband, were seized from the house as part of the investigation.

A 21-year-old man was also arrested at the house on suspicion of possessing cocaine. He was questioned and given a caution.

At one of the Wigan homes, a 52-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of money laundering and bailed.

Cash and jewellery were seized at one of the Isle of Man addresses.

Detective Inspector Mark Bates said: “This is an ongoing investigation which saw several warrants carried out simultaneously.

“Money laundering investigations often begin because vigilant members of the public contact police or Crimestoppers when they suspect that someone is living beyond their means.

“Do you know someone who has a modest job but seems to go on lavish holidays or buy expensive items? They could be making money illegally.

“If you are suspicious, call police on 0345 123 3333 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”