(KZN / DBN Central) : Excellent Police work recovers $1.6 Million in Counterfeit notes / 6 arrested

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On Friday, 28 November 2014 Crime Prevention members from Durban Central arrested six (6) suspects aged between 25 and 35 for possession of counterfeit money. Members were following up on information of a man who was in possession of counterfeit money. Police spotted the vehicle in Berea which matched the one belonging to the suspect. The members approached the vehicle and searched it and found $110-00 in counterfeit notes, the suspect was arrested on the spot. The vehicle was searched further and they found an address on the business card belonging to the suspect stating that he is in real estate sale.

The address on the business card directed the members to an office in Selisbury Centre in the Durban Central Business District. In the office there were four employees and when they were asked about the work they were doing they told the members that they were in real estate confirming what the suspect earlier told the police. When the premises were searched a money counting machine, money detector, documents and bank statements were found. With suspicions that there could be more counterfeit cash in the business premises Sgt Xaba and his Currency Detection dog were summoned to the scene and a thorough search was conducted with negative results.  Upon further investigation members established that the business was not registered. All the four suspects were also arrested.  On one of the documents the members spotted an address in Mayville. They took the suspect to the said address and upon arrival they found the suspect’s girlfriend. When the house was searched counterfeit gold was recovered and the currency detection dog reacted positive to the bag underneath the bed. The bag was pulled out and $1.2 Million in counterfeit notes was recovered. The suspect’s girlfriend was arrested. In one of the utility bills with the suspect’s name had a Morningside address in which the members proceeded to search. A total of $300.000 in fake was also recovered. The members proceeded to one of the addresses in Victoria Street which belonged to one of the suspects arrested in the offices in Silisbury Centre; in his place they found a bag full of South African counterfeit notes.

All six suspects were arrested and charged with Possession of Counterfeit cash, Money Laundering and Racketeering. They will appear in the Durban Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, 02 December 2014. 

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the members for the arrest of the

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