At around 7pm on Monday evening, police in the French capital spotted a man they believed to be a drug dealer, in the city’s 19th arrondissement.
However, while carrying out a standard search, officers were amazed to find half a million euros in cash hidden in several bags in the suspect’s car, French TV station TF1 reported on Tuesday.
More astonishment was to come, however, when investigators conducted a search of the man’s home, not far from where he was stopped, and found yet another heap of cash, totalling hundreds of thousands of euros.
The total amount confiscated by shocked police officers was around €1 million, a source told TF1.
“A seizure like that is extraordinary. [To make this discovery] on this type of operation, in such a fortuitous way, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it,” one investigator told AFP anonymously.
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The suspected drug dealer will now have to explain to investigators how he acquired the eye-watering sum of money.