A man arrested at the Greyhound Bus terminal last year with $1.3 million cash in his backpack, then released before formal charges were laid, has turned himself in following a year-long investigation,
RCMP say Erwin Thomas Speckert of Minden, Ont. turned himself in at their headquarters in Winnipeg Friday. He was first arrested Feb. 27, 2012 by the Winnipeg Police Service during a Greyhound stopover in Winnipeg en route to Vancouver.
The 50-year-old passenger was released without charge pending further investigation. The RCMP D Division financial integrity unit was contacted and a proceeds of crime investigation began involving the RCMP, the Toronto Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, the Canada Border Services Agency, the Winnipeg Police Service and the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC).
On Feb. 26, Speckert was formally charged with possession of proceeds of crime, trafficking in proceeds of crime, possession for the purpose of trafficking in proceeds of crime and laundering of proceeds of crime. Police allege the money found on Speckert is from illegal gaming in Ontario.
A warrant for his arrest was issued and he turned himself in Friday. He was released on his own recognizance and is to appear in court in Winnipeg April 22.
A publication ban has been imposed on the conditions of his release.