A BATLEY man has been locked up for six years after being caught with nearly £1million in illicit cash.
Faisal Khan, of Grafton Steet, was arrested at Eurostar’s Folkestone terminal in January along with two other local men.
The trio were each charged with money laundering after police found roughly £850,000 in cash concealed inside a van at the Channel Tunnel depot.
And detectives revealed this week that it was only because of a random check that they discovered the cash.
Officers found a secret compartment inside the blue Ford Transit van that required a magnetic switch to open it.
Inside was the huge bundle of cash.
Khan initially denied any knowledge of the money when he was stopped heading for Europe.
The 27-year-old was also charged with possession of articles for use in fraud and conspiracy to defraud.
He was given a six-year sentence when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday.
The two other men, Mohammed Khan, 42, and Asim Khan, 18, both of Healey Lane in Batley, were acquitted of all charges.
Det Insp Shaun Creed, of Kent Police, said: “Faisal Khan originally denied any knowledge of the huge amount of banknotes found hidden within his van, but it was clear that this was a failed attempt to conceal his criminal activity.
“The money seized from his van will now be subject to a forfeiture application under the Proceeds of Crime Act, which if successful will mean the money is re-invested into policing.
“This was a significant seizure of cash that demonstrates our determination and commitment to ensure crime does not pay, and to disrupt the ability of organised groups to profit from illegal activity.”