Over €190,000 in undeclared cash detected by Customs at the Airport

  • A Somali national was found carrying €10,548 in his hand luggage and an additional €155,000 in his checked-in luggage
  • A Moroccan and Egyptian were found to be carrying undeclared cash
  • Cigarettes, chewing tobacco, alcoholic beverages, lubricating oil and unused excise stamps elevated from several shops around Malta
Yesterday’s joint effort between the Customs AMLT Section, and the Customs K9 Unit, continued to put to the forefront the fight against undeclared cash movement through Maltese borders.

AMLT officials carrying out routine joint inspections with the Customs Department’s canine officials intercepted the equivalent of €165,548 in undeclared cash following an indication by K9 Sophie. The Customs K9 gave a positive indication on a Somali passenger travelling to Turkey. The passenger was escorted to the departures office for further inspections to be carried out. The passenger stated that he was carrying roughly 1,600 dollars, however further investigations s on the passenger’s belongings lead to the discovery of over €10,000. His luggage was offloaded from the flight for further checks to be carried out with the AMLT officials elevating a further €155,000 in the checked-in luggage. The tally amounted to €165,548.

The Police Anti-Money Laundering Section was called on the scene and the passenger was placed under arrest pending investigation.

Meanwhile, during the weekend of Santa Marija, canine officers Sophie and Charlie reacted positively to two hand luggages at the Airport.

A Moroccan passenger was found to be carrying €11,055 in undeclared cash whereas an Egyptian passenger was found to be carrying €15,000 in undeclared cash.
Customs Enforcement searches conducted at Luqa, Qormi, Marsa, Msida, Ta’ Xbiex, Naxxar and Senglea areas led to the seizure of 10 kgs of chewing tobacco, together with contraband cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, several containers of lubricating oil and unused excise stamps, from eight different outlets.