A British woman was arrested at a London airport on her way to Dubai after she was caught with nearly $2.5 million stuffed in five suitcases.
The cash, which were in neat rolls of British pounds, were scattered over five suitcases as 30-year-old Tara Hanlon of Pelham court Leeds, checked in for a flight to Dubai at Heathrow Airport. She was stopped by Border Force officials at Heathrow, The Sun reported.
“This is the largest individual cash seizure at the border so far in 2020 and I am delighted with the efforts of Border Force officers,” said Chris Philip, minister for immigration compliance and the courts. “Preventing the export of undeclared cash from the UK is a vital step in clamping down on organized criminal gangs.”
Hanlon was charged with money laundering. She faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted.
Last Saturday, Border Force officers @HeathrowAirport seized £1.9 million in cash – the largest such detection at the border so far in 2020.
— Home Office (@ukhomeoffice) October 7, 2020
A 28-year-old woman was arrested at the same time and released under investigation, according to the outlet.