Italian police discovered €15 million in bank notes stashed behind a false wall in an apartment in Milan, one of the biggest sums of cash ever seized in the country.

The money was packed into 28 cardboard boxes which were stacked behind a false wall in a flat belonging to the father of an alleged hashish trafficker, suspected of making millions importing the drugs from Morocco.

Investigators believe the huge amount of money had been amassed as a sort of retirement fund for Massimiliano Cauchi, and would have kept his family in comfort “for generations”, in the words of one of his collaborators.

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