Man Charged With Money Laundering After Booking Private Jet

Man Charged With Money Laundering After Booking Private Jet

CREATED Jan 14, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A man was arrested for money laundering after he booked a private jet to fly him from Nashville to California to allegedly "buy gold."

An affidavit from Metro Police said 33-year-old Conor Guckian paid for the private jet using $20,000 cash on Monday. Airport Police were notified a few hours before departure. They called in a K-9 unit to sniff the cash, and it detected a narcotic odor.

When Guckian arrived for his flight, he told officers he had a large amount of cash in his luggage. He consented to a search, and officers found $153,000 in cash that a K-9 unit sniffed and detected narcotic odor.

Once Guckian was taken into custody, he told he was flying to California to buy gold with the cash, and he thought his money would be safer in a private plane.

However, he also admitted that he had flown from Rochester to Chicago and then on to Nashville on a commercial airline with the money in his luggage. He then told police he had come to Nashville to see a friend, and later changed his story to say he came to Nashville to get a cheaper flight.

The affidavit said Guckian also told police he had been previously arrested in New York for possession for resale of cocaine.

Guckian was booked for money laundering, and held on $10,000 bond at the Metro Jail.