More than £42,000 in cash has been seized from a British man as he was leaving the UK through Birmingham International Airport, the border agency reports.
UK Border Agency officers at the airport discovered the money when the man, who was about to board a flight to Bangkok via Dubai, was stopped and searched on 28 July.
The cash, which consisted of sterling notes, was found by detector dog Zippy in the man’s jacket and trouser pockets. When questioned, the man could not provide a reasonable explanation for carrying such a large amount. Anyone leaving the UK with more than £1,000 in cash must provide evidence for the source and intended use of the money, or it may be detained.
The money was detained under the Proceeds of Crime Act, and will only be returned if the man can prove to a court that it came from a legitimate source.
At Solihull Magistrates Court on 30 July, the UK Border Agency was granted a further detention of the cash for four months while the investigation continues.
Dawn Cartwright, senior investigating officer in the agency’s criminal and financial investigations team, said:
‘UK Border Agency officers are working hard at all our ports to prevent drugs, contraband or the potential proceeds of crime from entering or leaving the UK.
‘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.’
Source: UK Border Agency
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