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Watch as safe containing nearly £27,000 is thrown from window during raid

A suspected drug network ‘money man’ made a botched bid to distance himself from a safe-full of cash by hurling it from a first floor window…sending it crashing onto the roof of his Birmingham home extension.

Officers forced entry to the address in Serpentine Road at around 6am today (18 May) on the back of intelligence it was linked to a drugs supply gang.

A man was arrested moments after dropping a safe from a window which fell onto a ground floor extension and shattered several roof tiles.

We recovered the safe and found it to contain around £27,000 in cash.

It’s suspected the money is linked to drug dealing and we’ve seized the stash while enquiries continue.

A 23-year-old man was arrested from the property on suspicion of money laundering; he remains in police custody for questioning. 

Inspector Sharon Revitt from our Gangs Unit, said: “Unfortunately for the suspect, not only has he lost nearly £27,000 but also left himself with a repair bill for the roof of his extension.

“He will have to prove the money has been accrued legally and not through crime.

“If he can’t we’ll keep it and look to permanently seize it under the Proceeds of Crime Act and put it towards community projects or crime prevention schemes.

“This warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act was prompted by community intelligence that the property was linked to drugs supply.

“We really value information from the public in our fight against the scourge of drugs and associated crime: the information is always taken seriously and we’ll look to act to catch offenders and make communities safer."

You can report information to us via Live Chat messaging on our website or calling 101.

Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111; calls can’t be traced and callers won’t be asked for their names. 

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