Tara Hanlon, a recruitment consultant, was arrested at Heathrow Airport in London.


British woman jailed for smuggling $2.6m to Dubai


DUBAI – A British woman has been jailed for trying to smuggle £1.9 million ($2.6 million) to Dubai.

Tara Hanlon, a 30-year-old recruitment consultant, was arrested at Heathrow Airport in London ahead of her flight to the UAE in October last year.

She hid the money in five suitcases and claimed she brought a lot of luggage because she “wasn’t sure what to wear” while in Dubai.

Security officers found cash in vacuum packed plastic that was covered in ground coffee. It was the largest individual cash seizure at the UK border in 2020.

During investigation, Hanlon admitted to four counts of money laundering. She was caught on her fourth and final trip in October.

She had claimed it was her first trip to the emirates and that she planned to declare the money in Dubai. She pleaded guilty to smuggling a total of £3.6 million on three trips to the UAE in 2020.

London’s Isleworth Crown Court sentenced her to 34 months in jail. She will also face a confiscation hearing in September to recover the smuggled money. ICA/Expat Media

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