Italian ‘tried to smuggle £10k in his underwear’
An Italian tried to smuggle £10,000 out of Northern Ireland in his underwear.
Officers from the UK Border Agency carrying out checks at Belfast International Airport discovered the money on the man as he was about to board a flight to Rome last Friday.
He could not offer a reasonable explanation for the large-denomination sterling and euro banknotes. The money was detained and will be returned only if he can provide proof to a court that it came from a legitimate source.
The man did not travel on the flight.
Maggie Eyden, UK Border Agency assistant director for Northern Ireland, said: “Where we suspect that cash may be linked with criminal activity, we have the power to seize it and it will only be handed back if it is later proved to be legitimate.”