Investigators from the National Crime Agency (NCA), UK, recently assisted Essex Police and the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) to dismantle a London-based cash courier cell. The criminal group tried to smuggle cash amounting to over £215,960 ($298,381) from the UK abroad. The NCA used flight details of the suspects to tie together their evidence against
NCA officials uncovered three inter-linked attempts to smuggle cash by three dual British/Albanian citizens out of the UK. The authorities began their investigation in early 2019 after seizing a large sum of money form one of the suspects at Stansted Airport. Subsequently, the authorities seized large sums of money from two others that year.
The three suspects were highly mobile, having travelled outside the UK over 80 times in a matter of three years. The suspects undertook several short trips across Europe, sometimes even traveling on the same flight while seated in different seats so that authorities would not link them together. The NCA believes that the three may have smuggled large amounts of cash during these travels.
Source: National Crime Agency, UK