Dog sniffs out €100,000 in fake notes during police raid on Costa Blanca

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CAUGHT OUT: The arrests followed a routine checkpoint. CREDIT: Guardia Civil and Interior Ministry.

OFFICERS from the Guardia Civil have arrested two men in Novelda, as suspects of the crimes of counterfeiting currency, drug trafficking and belonging to a criminal group.

During a raid on the property belonging to the men, the officers seized 100,000 euro in counterfeit noted, 2,150 euro in legal tender, and 30 grams of cocaine, as well as various types of narcotics.

The officers were involved in a routine checkpoint in the area and came across the vehicle which raised their suspicions. The two men, identified as Spanish nationals aged 43 and 46, were searched at the scene, and then taken for further investigation to the Guardia Civil barracks in Novelda.

As well as other officers being involved in the search, a dog was also drafted in, finding 100,000 euro in cash hidden in the vehicle, in 500 euro notes, which was later identified as counterfeited.

On account of the findings, the officers requested a search of the homes of the two detainees, located in the town of Pinoso, Alicante, where they also seized 30 grams of cocaine in rock, marijuana, hashish, and substances for cutting cocaine, as well as tools for the weighing and packaging of the drug, and several state-of-the-art mobile terminals and another vehicle.

The two detainees, who are charged with the crimes of belonging to a criminal group, forgery of currency and another against public health (drug trafficking), have already been made available to the judicial authority, who remanded them into prison.

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