Millions in suspected dirty money seized in Poland
PR dla Zagranicy
Polish law enforcers have seized millions in funds that they suspect came from crimes including illegal drug trade, the country’s prosecutor-general said on Friday.
Poland's Justice Minister and Prosecutor-General Zbigniew Ziobro. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak
Zbigniew Ziobro said a series of crackdowns had yielded nearly PLN 1.3 billion (around EUR 310 million, USD 380 million) in suspect funds.
He added that the operation was a major success for the country’s prosecution service and police.
“The scale of the case is unprecedented,” Ziobro, who is also justice minister, told a news conference.
He said investigators suspect the money came from crime, predominately drug dealing, and that it was laundered in a small bank in Poland.
National police chief Jarosław Szymczyk said there was a "high likelihood" that the cash secured by the law enforcers had been laundered.
He added that top police investigators, including experts in cryptocurrencies and cyber crime, had worked on the case, which he said was still at an early stage and ongoing.
The investigation extends far beyond Poland’s borders and has required international police assistance, Szymczyk said.