Brazilian Police, on Tuesday, found suitcases overflowing with millions of dollars, in an apartment believed to be linked to a former government minister accused of corruption.
Former minister, Geddel Vieira Lima, who was a powerful ministerial-level aide, was arrested in July. .
During an investigation into fraud at state-owned bank, Caixa Economica Federal, the dollars were found.
Lima worked at the bank under President Dilma Rousseff and was caught up in a corruption scandal.
The Police reported that millions of dollars were discovered in an apartment in the north-eastern city of Salvador, which was believed to be used by him.
It took police several hours to make a first estimate, with seven cash counting machines.
They disclosed, late in the evening, that more than 33 million reais (US$10.6 million) have been counted, but their work wasn’t over.
“Given the amount still to go, the prediction is that the counting will take all night,” federal police said in a statement.