ADELAIDE • Two Singaporeans have been charged in the Adelaide Magistrates Court with dealing with criminal proceeds after they were allegedly found to be jointly carrying A$520,450 (S$550,000) at Adelaide Airport.
The two men, both aged 34, were foiled by an Australian Federal Police (AFP) Cash and Drug Detector (CADD) dog named Utana on Sunday.
The dog approached one of the men in the airport's check-in area. After searching his luggage, police alleged that they found A$250,000. The second man was subsequently identified, and a search of his bag allegedly revealed that he was found to be carrying A$270,450.
They were arrested and charged with dealing with money suspected of being proceeds of crime, an offence with a maximum penalty of three years' imprisonment.
Acting AFP Adelaide Airport Police Commander Gavin Stone said Utana was instrumental in the seizure. "This is the largest cash seizure detected by one of our dogs at Adelaide Airport."
Neither man made an application for bail and both were remanded in custody to face court again on Feb 14, said Nine News.
The AFP published pictures of the wads of Australian currency seized, along with a warning that all travellers must declare if they are carrying over $10,000 in Australian currency or its equivalent, before departing Australia.
The AFP's CADD teams of one dog and a handler are regularly seen at both domestic and international airports around Australia.
A statement by Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the dogs contribute to detecting the movement and concealment of Australian dollars and a range of international currencies suspected of being the proceeds of criminal activity or the bankroll for future crimes.