Customs seize more than €8,000 in undeclared cash

The passenger carrying the undeclared cash as also found to be illegally overstaying on the island as he was about to leave to Libya

The Anti-Money Laundering Team caught the man with undeclared cash as passengers were screened at the departure lounge
The Anti-Money Laundering Team caught the man with undeclared cash as passengers were screened at the departure lounge

Customs seized, for the second consecutive day, more than €8,000 in undeclared cash.

Customs officials from the Anti-Money Laundering Team, screening passengers at the departure lounge have today seized undeclared cash on a passenger leaving the island.

The passenger was leaving Malta to Mitiga, Libya, when he was stopped by Customs Officials for a currency check. When asked how much cash he was carrying he first said €10,000 and then quickly changed version to 6,000 US dollars. A search on the passenger, and his belongings, was carried out and a total of €18,903 were found.

€10,000 were returned to the passenger with the rest being seized by Customs. The passenger was also found to be overstaying illegally as his visa expired earlier in February. The Police Anti-Money Laundering Section was notified. The passenger was placed under arrest to be arraigned in court in the coming days.

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