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MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SUITCASES SEIZED FROM ASIAN GROUP

Police have charged a man over a suitcase allegedly stuffed with $1 million in cash after it being left in a Sydney cafe this week.

The man, a 49-year-old Chinese national from Hong Kong, was in Concord Hospital suffering from an undisclosed illness after he was detained by police on Tuesday afternoon.

He allegedly carried the black, unlocked suitcase, filled with Australian banknotes reportedly amounting to about $1 million, into Caffe Marco in Burwood at 8am on Tuesday.

He allegedly walked out of the outlet only a few minutes later.

Ashfield police saw him in Summer Hill some hours later and took him to Burwood police station, where he allegedly assaulted three officers.

The officers suffered minor injuries, police said.

The man was released by the hospital yesterday and charged with goods in custody, dealing with the proceeds of crime over $100,000, dealing with property suspected to be the proceeds of crime and assaulting police.

He was refused bail and will appear at Burwood Local Court today.

Earlier, police alleged the money was linked to  criminal activities, although they could not say which one, Inspector David Cottee of the Burwood Local Area Command said.

The cash was banked in a police bank account at one of the big four banks immediately after it was found.

“There’s no piles of cash sitting around in the police station,” Inspector Cottee said.

“It went straight to the bank and the bank provided us with a money-counting machine and a teller and kept it open until they were able to count and verify it.”

Two men, arrested by police at Central Station in April with $2 million in cash in two suitcases, pleaded guilty to dealing with property suspected to be the proceeds of crime.

Li Wang, 26, and Yu Xiang, 25, will be sentenced next month.


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