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Eight cash couriers on board flights in the UK and Dubai have been arrested on money laundering charges

Eight cash couriers on board flights in the UK and Dubai have been arrested on money laundering charges

Amounting to more than $ 50 million (258,430.51 dirhams). In the states. Kingdom (United Kingdom).

The agency said the arrests came after police raided London, Surrey, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester earlier this week.

Three men and five women have been arrested for hiding large sums of money in luggage on commercial flights from Heathrow or Manchester airports to Dubai. In each case, they have seized it, despite obstacles we can scarcely imagine. “

The company said its investigation began after the seizure of about 1.9 million pounds (9.79 million dirhams) from Tara Hanlon, 30, a passenger from Leeds, from Hedwar in Heathrow in October 2020.

He was then charged with money laundering and awaiting trial.

About a month later, 38-year-old Znetek Comrade of Esk Budjovic in the Czech Republic was detained while attempting to board a flight from Heathrow Airport to Dubai. Authorities found $ 1.3 million ($ 6.70 million) in his luggage after investigators discovered he had made the previous two trips in July and August.

Comrade pleaded guilty to money laundering offenses and was sentenced in March 2021 to two years in prison.

“Money is the lifeblood of organized crime. Organized crime groups need to be laundered to invest in greater crime.

He added: “This investigation has prevented this many times, but we have been able to identify previous flights of persons we believe are carrying money.”

The NCA said the couriers carried several bags, half a million dollars each, and that the couriers may have earned several thousand pounds.