Police have seized tens-of-thousands of dollars found fluttering around a freeway in Perth’s northern suburbs, believed to have come from a failed drug deal.
Members of the public reported seeing bundles of $50 notes along the Mitchell Fwy through Connolly about 9.30pm Monday.
Body camera vision released by WA Police shows officers scrambling to pick up wads of bills on the road and in roadside shrubs, picking up about $40,000 in total.
Police have collected $40,000 in cash after the large sum of money was found littered on a major freeway in Perth’s north
Police Commissioner Col Blanch on Tuesday told radio station 6PR he believes the cash stemmed from a ‘suspicious meeting,’ shortly before the money was spotted.
‘It looks like it was a total fiasco by the person involved and probably not one of our smartest (alleged) offenders,’ Mr Blanch said.
‘It’s like the cash cow had come out, and there was cash flying everywhere.
‘There’s no more money on the freeway … let’s not go there.’
The driver of a Holden Commodore, allegedly parked by the side of the road near the scene, was arrested.
A search of the Holden allegedly turned up a further $8000 cash and 51g of cocaine.
The 34-year-old Clarkson man appeared in Joondalup Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with possession of a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply, possession of stolen property, and having no authority to drive.
The stash of cash is alleged to have been part of a failed drug deal with police arresting a man who was allegedly inside a parked car when officers found the money nearby
Investigations continue as detectives try to track down a tow truck and motorcycle seen in the area at the time – both of which left as officers arrived.
Anyone with information, dashcam, or mobile phone footage of the area between 8.30pm and 10pm is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Anonymous reports can also be made online.