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Police bust £5m money laundering operation

Police bust £5million money laundering operation when officers noticed a man ‘struggling’ to carry heavy bags stuffed with dirty money – marking the largest cash haul ever seized by the Met

  • Ruslan Shamsutdinov, 36, was seen ‘noticeably struggling’ in Fulham, London
  • Police stopped him and discovered a ‘considerable amount’ of bank notes  
  • Officers searched the flat and discovered a total of £5,082,026.17 inside 
  • An additional £8,038.81 was found at Shamsutdinov’s home, police revealed

Ruslan Shamsutdinov, 36, was seen ‘noticeably struggling’ outside a block of flats in Fulham, south-west London, as he carried the bags

Police busted a £5million money laundering operation when officers noticed a man ‘struggling’ to carry heavy bags stuffed with dirty cash.

Ruslan Shamsutdinov, 36, was seen ‘noticeably struggling’ outside a block of flats in Fulham, south-west London, as he carried the bags.

Police stopped him and discovered a ‘considerable amount’ of bank notes.

Officers searched the flat and discovered a total of £5,082,026.17 along with 39,000 Euros. An additional £8,038.81 was found at Shamsutdinov’s home. 

It mark the largest cash haul ever seized by the Met. 

The Met Police’s Specialist Crime Command lead the investigation – which focused on firearms offences and large scale drug supply across London.

‘Large scale money launderer’ Sergejs Auzins, 46, was first identified by officers, who discovered he was taking large quantities of cash to the address in Fulham.

A stakeout of the address on June 5, 2020, uncovered Shamsutdinov carrying the cash.

A third man, Serwan Ahmadi, 35, was arrested on July 14 after being seen leaving his homes address in Edmonton, north London, with a bag.

Officers arrested him and found the bag contained £59,980. A search of his address recovered a further £198,665.


‘Large scale money launderer’ Sergejs Auzins, 46, (left) was first identified by officers, who discovered he was taking large quantities of cash to the address in Fulham. A third man, Serwan Ahmadi, 35, (right) was arrested on July 14 after being seen leaving his homes address in Edmonton, north London, with a bag

Police busted a £5million money laundering operation (some of the money discovered, pictured) when police noticed a man struggling’ to carry heavy bags stuffed with dirty cash

The Met Police’s Specialist Crime Command lead the investigation (some of the money recovered, pictured) – which focused on firearms offences and large scale drug supply across London

Auzins was arrested at his home in Rochester just one day later and a further £14,435.63 was seized. 

All three men pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer or remove criminal property.

They were sentenced yesterday.

Shamsutdinov, of Hackney, was sentenced to three years and nine months’ imprisonment. 

Detective Superintendent Jason Prins, from the Specialist Crime Command, said: ‘As part of a long running operation against gun crime and large scale Class A drugs supply across London, over £5million in criminal cash was seized from an address in Fulham’

Auzins, of Rochester, was jailed for three years and four months.

Ahmadi was handed one year and eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work. 

Detective Superintendent Jason Prins, from the Specialist Crime Command, said: ‘As part of a long running operation against gun crime and large scale Class A drugs supply across London, over £5million in criminal cash was seized from an address in Fulham. 

‘This is the largest ever single cash seizure by the Met and I believe one of the largest ever nationally.

‘Organised crime is motivated by money and is one of the biggest causes of violence on our streets. 

‘Tackling this violence is our main priority. This seizure, and the conviction of these men for laundering that money, will have a major impact on the ability of a number of crime groups to carry on with their activities.’

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