2 SPOREANS CAUGHT WITH $500K CASH AT AUSTRALIAN AIRPORT

Two Singapore Nationals have appeared before the Adelaide Magistrates Court today on proceeds of crime charges after they were found to be jointly carrying $520,450 at Adelaide Airport.

On Sunday (4 December 2016) an AFP Cash and Drug Detector (CADD) dog approached one of the men (aged 34) in the check-in area. The AFP conducted a search of the man’s luggage. He was found to be carrying $250,000.

A second man (also aged 34) was subsequently identified. His bag was searched and he was found to be carrying $270,450.

Both men were arrested and charged with dealing with money suspected of being a proceed of crime, contrary to section 400.9 (1) of the Criminal Code (Cth).

The maximum penalty for this offence is three years imprisonment.

Acting AFP Adelaide Airport Police Commander Gavin Stone said the female cash dog, named Utana, was instrumental in finding this seizure.

“This is the largest cash seizure detected by one of our dogs at Adelaide Airport.

“Our canines work collaboratively with our officers to form an integral role in security in the aviation environment,” acting Superintendent Stone said.

Travellers are reminded that when carrying more than $10,000 in Australian currency or equivalent it must be declared before departing Australia.

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