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Arrested with $153,000: 'Drug-coated' cash gets man arrested in Nashville

A stack of money
A stack of money
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A man arrested with $153,000 in a suitcase is facing money laundering charges. On Jan. 14, The Christian Science Monitor reported that Conor Guckian, 33, spent $20,000 on a chartered plane carrying quite a heavy suitcase -- filled with "drug-coated" cash. The man was sniffed out by police dogs at an airport in Nashville.

"A K-9 unit detected the drug odor on the bundles of money in Guckian's bag, the document said. The officer then waited for Guckian to arrive to board the plane, where Guckian told officers he was transporting the large sum in order to buy gold in California, according to the affidavit," reports The Christian Science Monitor.

Arrested with $153,000 in his suitcase, Guckian told police that he chartered the plane because he felt it would be safer to transport all that money that way. Evidently he didn't realize that his bundles of cash stunk like narcotics. Police were tipped off by someone who said that a "suspicious" man had just shelled out a large sum of money to charter a plane. They did the first part of the job -- and the dogs did the second.

Interestingly enough, Guckian told police that he had been previously arrested in New York for possession with intent to resell cocaine. He is still in jail but it sounds like he's had some luck getting himself off the hook... maybe this time will be different.

Getting arrested with $153,000 in cash that reeks like drugs, admitting to previous drug arrests, and changing your story a few times when you talk to police? Maybe that's enough to throw Guckian in jail for a while.

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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