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Media Release: Record undeclared cash seizure by Customs

- More than 200,000 Euros found inside a checked-in luggage

Late yesterday evening, the Customs Department has achieved a remarkable success in its fight against money laundering. Customs officials, from the Department's  Enforcement Unit, screening passengers leaving Malta, have elevated more than 200,000 euros in undeclared cash from a single passenger.

The unprecedented case unfolded when the officials selected a passenger, holding a Maltese passport and residing in Manchester, as he was about to board his flight to Istanbul. The passenger was taken to the Customs Office in the Departures lounge, and following a thorough personal search, and a subsequent search on his belongings, bundles of undeclared cash were discovered in his already  checked-in luggage which was offloaded from the plane.

The total sum elevated was 200,192 euros, of which 10,000euros were returned to the passenger and the rest seized by Customs.

The Police Anti-Money Laundering Squad was alerted and the passenger was placed under arrest. He is to be arraigned in court later today.

This is yet another positive case in the Customs’ fight against money laundering and the illegal transportation of undeclared cash through our borders. With this case, the past two months have tallied over a quarter million euros of undeclared cash being seized by Customs.