Foreign, local cash smuggling attempt foiled at Alexandria’s airport
Cairo International Airport - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Authorities at Borg el-Arab International Airport in Alexandria foiled an attempt by an Egyptian passenger to smuggle local and foreign cash money, Youm7 reported Saturday.

Customs Department at the airport suspected a passenger heading to the UAE, and inspected her bags to find 115,000 EGP ($14,317,) $12,000, 11.850 thousand United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED) and 3500 Euros.

The department seized the cash and filed a report about the incident.

The customs department at the Cairo Airport has also stopped several attempts to smuggle drugs, money, artifacts during October.

Last week, an attempt by two passengers; a Saudi and a Bahraini, to smuggle 820,000 Saudi Riyal and AED was foiled by airport authorities.

The two received their legal limit of money ($10,000) which they are allowed to carry on, either on arrival or departure from Cairo. The rest of the money will be confiscated, according to Fathy.

On Oct. 12, Airport authorities arrested a Dutch passenger, who is of Egyptian descent, over attempting to smuggle “huge amount of narcotic pills and eight grams of marijuana” inside chocolate boxes.

In another incident, three passengers, including a Libyan national, are being investigated for smuggling a huge shipment of silver artifacts worth 200,000 EGP ($25,550) and not paying the customs value of 400,000 EGP.

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