Cash found after a routine callout could amount to more than €1 million


GUARDIA CIVIL officers on a routine callout found more than an 
overturned camper van.

It came to rest near a precipice on the Puerto de la Mora mountain
pass 40 kilometres from Granada but the Lithuanian couple who met them
had suffered only minor injuries.

After sending them to hospital for a checkup, the officers approached
the van and found a third Lithuanian inside, clearly affected by drink
and drugs.


He too was sent to hospital and the van transferred to Guardia Civil
headquarters in Granada where a search revealed an attaché case
containing €18,000.

Closer inspection revealed a hoard of notes under one of the seats.
This could amount to more than €1 million but the Guardia Civil are
still checking it.

“We want a bank to take the cash and help us count it, but this is
proving difficult owing to security problems and the procedures
involved in depositing this amount of money,” said Guardia Civil

The three Lithuanians, none of whom has a police record, insist that
the cash is not theirs.

They have not been arrested and unless the investigation uncovers
further evidence, they will be fined only for money laundering.
The maximum amount of cash that can be transported legally in Spain is
€100,000 or €10,000 if taking it across a border into another country,
regulations that were introduced to prevent money-laundering or
financing terrorism.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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