British woman busted at Heathrow with nearly £2m in cash stashed in suitcases

A British woman was intercepted at Heathrow airport with almost £2 million in cash stashed inside her suitcases.

Border police stopped Tara Hanlon on Saturday 3 October as she strutted through Heathrow’s Terminal 2 and searched her five suitcases.

The 30-year-old was found to have £1.9 million in cash hidden inside her five suitcases – making it the biggest stash of cash uncovered by Border Force this year so far.

Hanlon was arrested alongside a 28-year-old woman from Doncaster with both investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

While the as-yet-unnamed 28-year-old was released while still under investigation, Hanlon found herself hauled into court last week where she faced charges of money laundering.

It has been reported that Ms Hanlon was attempting to fly to Dubai from Heathrow when she was stopped and pulled aside while authorities searched her bags.

Images have been released showing hundreds of thousands of pounds in £5, £10, £20, and £50 notes which were uncovered in her luggage.

The Leeds-based woman was brought before authorities at Uxbridge Magistrates Court on Monday, October 5.

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Chris Philp, Minister for Immigration Compliance and the Courts said: "This is the largest individual cash seizure at the border so far in 2020 and I am delighted with the efforts of Border Force officers.

"Preventing the export of undeclared cash from the UK is a vital step in clamping down on organised criminal gangs."

Hanlon is being held in custody while she awaits a second court appearing at Isleworth Crown Court next month.

The next hearing is due to be held on Thursday, November 5.

In 2018, a money launderer named Mohamed Imran Khan Sathar Khan, 36 was busted at Stanstead airport while trying to board a flight to Dubai with £1.5 million cash in his suitcase.

Suspicions were raised when his suitcases were found to weight 20kg each – with Border officials finding the four bags stuffed with cash upon inspection.

Khan was jailed for three years and nine months last year for the crime after admitting two charges of money laundering – while he was also convicted at trial for possessing criminal property and attempting to remove it.

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