Two Czech nationals caught leaving London for Dubai with over $2 million in cash-filled suitcases

The man and woman were stopped by border officials at Britain's Heathrow Airport. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Two Czech nationals caught at London's Heathrow airport bound for Dubai with £1.2 million (S$2.1 million) in their suitcases have been charged with money laundering, the British government said on Friday (Nov 13).

The pair, a man aged 37 and a woman aged 26, were stopped by border officials at 0900 GMT on Nov 8.

The banknotes were found in three suitcase and two hand-luggage bags.

"Clamping down on the export of undeclared cash from the UK is vital in our fight against organised criminal gangs," minister Chris Philp said in a statement.

It is the second large cash seizure in a little over a month after a woman was stopped in October, also bound for Dubai, with cash worth £1.9 million.

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