The Tshwane Metro Police (TMPD) Tactical unit arrested a suspect with R3,5-million in fake bank notes in Arcadia, Pretoria, on Friday. Spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said the unit stopped and searched ared Range Rover on Arcadia Street and found a R100 note. This was a result of the officers tracing a syndicate dealing in money laundering and counterfeit money while following a convoy of suspicious vehicles comprising of a red Range Rover, two Mercedes Benz and a Toyota Corolla.
Mahamba said upon further questioning, the driver led the officers to a property on Stanza Bopape Street where more fake money was kept. Police on intelligence driven operation were responding to information about individuals in possession of counterfeit money and planning to commit crime. The suspect was then arrested for possession of counterfeit bank notes and will appear in court soon.
“At the premises, a steel box full of counterfeit money was discovered along with chemicals used to clean the money. The counterfeit money found amount to more than R3, 5-million. The officers also discovered that the name of the suspect matches the suspect who was sought for money laundering,” Mahamba said.