Library picture: A passenger claims their baggage at Findel airport, 4 September 2020. Photo credit: Matic Zorman/Maison Moderne
A pair of canine customs inspectors have detected thousands of undeclared euro and sterling notes at the grand duchy’s commercial airport.
Gwen and Syrah, Dutch shepherds, alerted officers to the equivalent of “nearly two million euros in the checked luggage of several people at Luxembourg Findel airport,” the Customs and Excise Agency said on 9 September.
The cash was caught over the course of three different days and was carried by different passengers.
“The undeclared money, that was meant to be smuggled into Istanbul, is a violation of EU and national law,” the agency stated. European regulations require travellers carrying more than €10,000 in currency to make a customs declaration.
Handout picture: British sterling notes recently seized by Luxembourg’s Customs and Excise Agency at Findel airport. Photo credit: Administration des douanes et accises
The agency said that the smugglers face fines of between €251 and €25,000 and confiscation of the cash. The agency did not disclose the status of the legal case, nor the pleas of the accused.
Handout picture: Euro notes recently seized by Luxembourg’s Customs and Excise Agency at Findel airport. Photo credit: Administration des douanes et accises