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Police arrested a money laundering suspect Tuesday just before he was set to board a chartered flight from Nashville International Airport to California with $153,000 in cash.

Conor Guckian, 33, was charged after an officer discovered the cash, which was wrapped in a suitcase in the same manner as drug profits, according to his arrest warrant. A police dog smelled drugs on the cash.

Guckian told police he was traveling from New York to California to buy gold. He admitted that he had been arrested in New York on a cocaine charge, the warrant said.

Someone at the airport reported Guckian to police after he booked the chartered flight with $20,000 cash.

He remains in jail on a $10,000 bond.

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