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Press Release: Nearly €12,000 discovered by Peter at the Airport.

Peter, the Customs sniffer-dog, yesterday has, once again, correctly indicated to his handler that a considerable amount of cash was present in a hand luggage of a Maltese national departing to Istanbul. Peter the sniffer dog, who specializes in cash, had a record breaking year.

Following the reaction by Peter, during subsequent questioning by the  Department’s Anti-Money Laundering personnel, the passenger was asked how much cash he was carrying. Said passenger replied that he was aware about the law and that he was carrying less than €8,000. Not convinced by his claim, due to the reaction given by the dog, the passenger was escorted to the Customs Office and following searches carried out his hand luggage nearly €10,000 were elevated. After checking his already checked-in luggage, a further 2000euros were elevated. The total amount of undeclared cash amounted to €11,980 were elevated, split in both luggage. 
 
The passenger was handed an on the spot  fine, as stipulated by law, while investigations are still being carried out in connection with any illegal activity.

This was another joint initiative by the Customs Anti Money-Laundering Team and the K9 unit which resulted in the interception of undeclared cash at our borders.,
 
As per national legislation, any cash, or signed cheques, valued €10,000 or more, are to be declared to Customs when traveling tothrough and from Malta. This is also applicable to all other EU countries.