A man leaned out of a top floor window and flung a safe containing £27,000 onto the roof as police raided the house. in Birmingham.
As officers broke down the front door in the early morning raid, others were watching the back of the house and caught the moment on bodycam video.
In the footage, released by the force, a man is seen emerging from a loft skylight with the safe.
The object then slides down the tiles and through the guttering, before plunging over the edge to a flat roof below.
Police guided fellow officers to the safe whose contents have been seized while inquiries continue.
A 23-year-old man was arrested at the house on suspicion of money-laundering following the incident in Harborne at about 6am on Monday.
Moment £27,000 is thrown from safe during Birmingham drug raid
Officers had been carrying out a drugs warrant at the address after ‘community intelligence’ linked it to a drugs gang, the force said.
Inspector Sharon Revitt, from the force’s gangs unit, said it would have to be proven that the cash in the safe had been ‘accrued legally and not through crime’.
She added that otherwise, police would look to permanently seize the cash using powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), and use it to help fund community projects or crime prevention schemes.
Ms Revitt added: ‘We really value information from the public in our fight against the scourge of drugs and associated crime: the information is always taken seriously and we’ll look to act to catch offenders and make communities safer.’