Detectives from the Merseyside Police Economic Crime Team, working alongside the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU), have arrested a man on suspicion of large-scale money laundering after warrants across Liverpool yesterday, Tuesday 11 October.
Approximately £500,000 in cash, and several high value watches were seized, as well as a BB gun.
Warrants were carried out in the Allerton, Norris Green and Walton areas, and a 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to launder money.
He has been taken to a police station for questioning and remains in custody.
Detective Sergeant Rob Brown said, “This arrest forms part of a long-running investigation into money laundering via suspected use of ‘EncroChat’ devices.
“The man will now be questioned and our investigation continues, working alongside our colleagues in the NWROCU and under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).
“We will do everything in our powers under POCA to thoroughly investigate and recover the benefit those we suspect of illegal activity. We want to claim back the money and lifestyle that was never rightfully theirs and where we can, reinvest this in those communities who feel the harm of criminal activity.”
Image: Some of the seized cash