Manchester: Dealer used cops and robbers arcade game to store £200,000

Officers hit the jackpot when they cracked open this arcade game (Picture: MEN Media)

A dealer used a ‘cops and robbers’ arcade game to stash hundreds of thousands of pounds in cash.

Police found the money when they cracked open the machine which was called ‘bank job’ and adorned with illustrations of a bobby with a truncheon chasing a masked bank robber.

It was found as part of a series of raids targeting organised gangs in Manchester.

Anthony Stephenson, 34, was arrested in the Eccles area of the city and has admitted money laundering and drug offences.

Officers carried out dawn raids on his address on June 3 as well as at two other houses on Old School Court and Mitcheson Gardens.

Stephenson, of Westwood Crescent, Winton, Eccles, appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court yesterday where he admitted possession with intent to supply a controlled substance and money laundering.

During the raids, officers discovered £192,210 in cash – linked to Stephenson – within locked safe deposit boxes and the gambling machine.

Drugs, believed to be amphetamine, were also found in Stephenson’s possession and he was arrested and taken to custody.

The game was found in a house linked to a drug dealer (Picture: MEN Media)

Large quantities of drugs were also found (Picture: MEN Media)

Police recovered nearly £200,000 in cash (Picture: MEN Media)

Stephenson has been recalled to prison for a breach of his license conditions and will be sentenced at a later date.

A 31-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a controlled substance and he has since been released while enquiries continue.

The action comes as part of GMP Salford’s Operation Naseby – a dedicated taskforce to tackling and disrupting organised crime in the city.

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