British woman ‘who tried to fly to Dubai with £2m in five suitcases’ denies money laundering

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A BRITISH woman who allegedly tried to fly to Dubai with almost £2million in five suitcases has denied money laundering.

Tana Hanlon, 30, was stopped at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 2 as she was about to board a plane at around 9pm on October 3.

Tana Hanlon, 30, has denied money laundering after being stopped at Heathrow Airport last month

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Tana Hanlon, 30, has denied money laundering after being stopped at Heathrow Airport last monthCredit: Ben Lack/YappApp

Five suitcases were recovered containing almost £2million in cash

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Five suitcases were recovered containing almost £2million in cashCredit: Ben Lack/YappApp

Border Force officers searched her suitcases and found £1.9 million in wads of sterling notes.

It was the largest amount uncovered at the border to date this year.

An investigation was launched by the National Crime Agency, and Hanlon was subsequently charged with possession of criminal property.

Another woman, 28, from Doncaster, was arrested alongside Hanlon and released under investigation.

Hanlon, from Leeds, Yorkshire, today appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on video link from HMP Bronzfield.

She spoke only to enter a not guilty plea to one charge of possession of criminal property.

A court clerk told her: "You are charged on this indictment of possessing criminal property.

"The particulars being, on October 3 2020, you possessed criminal property knowing or suspecting it to represent the proceeds of criminal conduct.

"Do you plead guilty or not guilty?"

Hanlon replied: "Not guilty"

She has been remanded into custody and is due to appear again at the same court on July 26 for the start of her trial.

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Speaking at the time of Hanlon's arrest, Chris Philp, Minister for Immigration Compliance and the Courts, said: "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."

Hanlo today appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on video link from HMP Bronzfield

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Hanlo today appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on video link from HMP BronzfieldCredit: Ben Lack/YappApp

Her trial will begin in July next year

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Her trial will begin in July next yearCredit: Ben Lack/YappApp
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