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Swansea student denies £30k "stolen by police" was from drug money


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Swansea University law student Joedyn Luben claims police officers stole £30k from him - and denied that money is from drugs.

37 cannabis plants were found in his home, but student Luben denies the money hidden in a safe under his mother's bed is profit from drugs, instead claiming it was part of his life savings, casino winnings and from selling a car. 

Cardiff Crown Court (pictured) noted some of the bills had traces of cocaine on them.

Former Detective Sergeant Stephen Phillips, Det Con Michael Stokes and Det Con Chris Evans of South Wales Police are accused of stealing thousands in cash seized in the raid.

The Swansea University student was arrested in April 2011 after a raid on his home on suspicion of money laundering and possession of a firearm.

He claims a cheque police gave to him after the investigation was dropped was £30,000 short of what had been taken.

The case continues.

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