A man has been convicted after police seized around £800,000 in cash following a traffic stop.

Elisian Belishaku, 32, was pulled over by Metropolitan Police while driving in Colney Hatch Lane on Tuesday, May 26, around 5.30pm.

A vehicle check showed that the car was last registered in Cumbria and had been shown in trade.

Belishaku, of New River Avenue, Haringey, was not on the insurance policy and further checks showed that he did not hold a UK driving license, police said.

When officers searched the car, they found around £15,000 in cash in blue carrier bags on the backseat.

Police said Belishaku was unable to account for why he had this much money on him.

He was arrested under the Proceeds of Crime Act and was taken to a north London police station.

Officers from Operation Venice Scorpion team then executed a search warrant at his home address in Haringey.

At this address, keys were found for a vehicle registered to Belishaku.

The vehicle was found in an underground car park. Inside, police uncovered an estimated £800,000 in cash stored in shoe boxes and rucksacks.

Belishaku was charged on Wednesday, May 27 with possessing criminal property. 

He appeared at Harrow Crown Court on Thursday, November 19, where he pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing and concealing criminal property.

Detective Superintendent Gary Miles, head of the Met’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “The evidence compiled by the North West Economic Crime Unit was so strong that Belishaku had no choice but to plead guilty.

“This is a great result involving officers from the Met’s Operation Venice Scorpion drivers, who use motorbikes and cars to stop criminals using powered two-wheelers, and progressed by the Economic Crime Unit, who carry out specialist investigations into high-level economic crime cases in order to secure convictions and deprive criminals the proceeds of their crimes.

“It also reiterates the importance of routine vehicle stops in protecting local communities from many types of criminality - often leading officers to uncover crimes more serious and complex than the initial reason for the stop.

“There is no justifiable reason for this much cash not to be kept in a bank account, unless it has been sourced from ill-gotten activities involving criminality.

“Our detectives work around the clock, alongside, and supported by officers from various other units, to tackle serious and organised crime. We will continue to work with them to arrest and prosecute those who believe they can get away with criminal behaviour in the capital.”