By John Smith • 23 June 2017 • 12:07
Image of incident in the resort of El Arenal de Llucmajor.
Credit: Facebook - Protecció Civil Llucmajor
Part of Madrid was cordoned off after police spotted a man with an apparent explosive belt around his waist which was actually €185,000 in cash.
The appearance of a drunken man wandering around the Salamanca neighbourhood in Madrid alerted passing police officers to his presence.
After spotting him, it was thought that bundles strapped around his waist, could possibly contain explosive material.
The man was stopped and the area was cordoned off whilst a specialist team responsible for bomb deactivation, TEDAX, was called in.
After searching the man no explosive material or wiring was found however on inspection each packet contained €6,000 in cash and the total amount of money being carried was €185,000.
The man was therefore detained for the movement of money totalling more than €100,000 without authorisation, an offense in Spain.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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