Arrested with $153,000: Man Arrested With Massive Sum at Airport

January 14, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

A man arrested with $153,000 had the cash stuffed into a briefcase at the Nashville International Airport this week, it was reported.

The man, 33-year-old Conor Guckian, was arrested after he used $20,000 to charter a private plane from Nashville to California.

He was charged with money laundering after a dog smelled narcotics on the $153,000 in cash, Reuters reported.

Officials then carried out a search and found that the money was wrapped in a suspicious manner.

“The manner in which the U.S. currency was wrapped is consistent with that of drug proceeds,” reads a police affidavit.

Guckian said that he was going to California to buy gold with the cash, WSMV reported. He previously admitted to being charged with cocaine possession in New York, the Tennesseean reported.

Police said that he told them he was in Nashville to see a friend, but he later changed his story, saying that he was in the city because of cheaper flights.

He said he was taking a private jet because he felt “safer” than on a commercial airliner, FOX-17 reported.

He is in jail on $20,000 bond.