UK: Albanian brothers smuggled £7 million cash in airline luggage
28 Dec 2018

Two Albanian brothers and an accomplice have been jailed for smuggling over £7 million cash on over 80 flights from the UK to various destinations across Europe.

The brothers organised travel for four others who acted as couriers by carrying large amounts of cash in their luggage, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA)

Over 80 trips were made by the group between November 2016 and January 2018 to countries including Belgium and Greece for onward transportation to Albania.

In September 2017, £180,000 was seized from the brothers’ accomplice as he attempted to travel to Thessaloniki from Stansted airport.

Cash was found wrapped in brown packaging in a plastic carrier bag, concealed in a second, inner suitcase.
In October 2017, £100,000 was seized from another accomplice at Gatwick airport who was also due to fly to Thessaloniki.

The brothers were jailed for a total of 14 years.

NCA Branch Commander Aaron Chappell said: “This group made a significant number of journeys out of the UK with large amounts of cash destined for Albania.

“Organised crime groups rely on money launderers like these men, to benefit from their crime and re-invest in further criminality.”

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