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Money laundering lorry driver jailed

Press Release   •   Dec 09, 2013 18:09 GMT

A lorry driver from Cloughoge, Newry, Northern Ireland, who was found with bundles of £20 notes hidden in his cab, has been jailed for laundering nearly £200,000 in criminal cash.

Colin Morgan was stopped by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers in November 2012 on the A42 in Staffordshire. Three bundles of cash wrapped in bin liners were found in a supermarket carrier bag in his lorry cab. The cash was seized, along with the vehicle and three mobile phones.

Earlier in the day Morgan had been seen parked at a lay-by close to the M18 near Sheffield, where he had received the carrier bag of cash from an unknown male.

Gary Lampon, Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation for HMRC, said:

“Money laundering is a serious offence and is usually the result of major organised crime gangs trying to clean up their dirty cash. Morgan admitted he knew the carrier bag contained cash and was fully aware he was breaking the law. We will pursue those involved in illegal activities and corruption and bring them before the courts so justice can be served.”

Morgan, who worked for a haulage company in County Armagh, had arrived at Cairnryan, Scotland, from Larne in Northern Ireland, on the 30 November 2012. He was travelling to Evesham, Worcestershire.

A quantity of cannabis was found during the search of Morgan’s tractor unit for which he received a Police Caution.

Notes for editors

1.  Details of the defendant and sentencing Friday 6 December 2013  at Warwick Crown Court:

  • Colin Michael Morgan (DOB 30.09.81) an Irish National of Newtown Road, Cloughoge, Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months imprisonment. He was charged with money laundering offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

2.  Photographs available on HMRC’s Flickr channel

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Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the UK’s tax authority.

HMRC is responsible for making sure that the money is available to fund the UK’s public services and for helping families and individuals with targeted financial support.