Traveller tries to smuggle fake currency with food at Dubai Airport
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Dubai - The 26-year-old, from Nigeria and holder of a visit visa, allegedly hid the counterfeit money inside a bag full with food.
A woman allegedly tried to smuggle 50 fake bills, each worth $100 for circulation in Dubai, the Court of First Instance was told.
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The 26-year-old, from Nigeria and holder of a visit visa, allegedly hid the counterfeit money inside a bag full with food. However she was caught by customs inspectors before she could exit the Dubai International Airport.
She was charged with possession of fake money for circulation.
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"I was on duty on July 20 at the baggage inspection area when the defendant's bag raised my suspicions. I told other inspectors at another point to keep track of the traveller after she claimed her baggage, so to search it," the 27-year-old customs officer said.
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Another inspector said he was informed that a bag was suspected of containing some banned material. "I kept an eye on the woman until she claimed her bag. I told another female officer to search the traveler's bag. She found a white powder in one bag and an envelope containing a large amount of US dollars. The traveller admitted the cash was hers," the 26-year-old inspector told the prosecutor.
The traveller was then referred to the investigation section.
The Criminal Evidence Department's report showed the bills, seized from the traveler, were all fake.
A verdict is expected on November 28.