Border Force arrest man at Belfast International Airport

15 May 2018

The man, an Irish national who was travelling outbound to Alicante on Wednesday 9 May, was found to have €180,000 (over £158,000) hidden in his baggage. The cash was detained as evidence under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
 
The case was passed to officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) who have commenced a money laundering investigation. Following an interview, the man was released on bail.
John Oldham, Assistant Director, Border Force North, said:

“This was a significant amount of cash, and its detection was thanks to the dedication and expertise of my officers.
“Border Force has a responsibility to investigate cash in excess of £1,000 being taken across the border when we have reasonable grounds to suspect that it is linked to criminal enterprise.
“Working with law enforcement colleagues like the NCA we are determined to do all we can to combat criminality and interventions like this are the vital first step.”
 
Border Force officers play a key role in detecting illegal immigration, disrupting serious and organised crime and helping to prevent the threat of terrorism, as well as protecting the UK’s revenue and contributing to the nation’s prosperity and growth.
 
Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the country.

They use an array of search techniques, which in addition to sniffer dogs includes carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners - as well as visual searches - to find illegal drugs, illicit money, firearms and tobacco which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.
 
Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling can call our hotline on 0800 59 5000.
 

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