17th Apr, 2021

Coventry man jailed after four-legged super-sleuth PD Rufus helps police sniff out £48k in illegal cash

Editorial Correspondent 14th Dec, 2020 Updated: 15th Dec, 2020

A FOUR-legged super-sleuth sniffed out £48,000 of illegal cash hidden in the car of a Coventry man.

Bernard Morinaj, 23, of Cordin View, Coventry appeared at Coventry Magistrates Court last Monday (December 8) where he pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property.

On November 13 2020, officers from the Warwickshire Police Operational Patrol Unit and the Dog Unit stopped Morinaj’s car on the A46 near Leamington as the vehicle was believed to be linked to criminal activity.

Officers detained Morinaj while Police Dog Rufus, a drugs, cash and firearms search dog searched the car and discovered £48,000 in cash concealed within the vehicle.

Morinaj has been jailed for 15 months, ordered to pay a victim surcharge and made to forfeit the seized cash.

PD Rufus’ dog handler, PC Deeming said: “Thanks to the help of PD Rufus, Morinaj has been convicted of his offences.

“This is a great example of how our dogs help officers to catch criminals and bring them to justice.”

 

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