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Italian border police seize record amounts of gold, cash

Published on Aug 11, 2012 6:17 PM

 ROME (AFP) - Italian police Saturday announced a 78 per cent jump in the amount of gold, silver and cash they have prevented from leaving the country illegally in the first seven months of 2012.

The "Yellow Flame" financial police seized 41 million euros (S$62.7 million) worth compared with 23.2 million euros in the same period last year, they said in a statement.

In addition to large quantities of cash and treasury bills, they seized 88kg of gold and 570kg of silver, the statement said.

Dogs trained to detect the scent of money played their part. A Labrador named Tango nabbed a Sri Lankan at a Milan airport with 424,000 euros in a suitcase bulging with clothing, while his brother Cash sniffed out a pensioner trying to spirit out 242,000 euros.

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