Airport Armed Police Battalion (APBN) on Monday has arrested a money launderer from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) with Tk2.5 crore worth of foreign currency.
The arrestee was identified as Jahangir Gazi, 36, who was planning to board a flight of Turkish airlines for Istanbul.
On information, members of APBN arrested the man from the last checkpoint after recovering around fifty thousand Saudi Riyal (SAR) from frisking his body, APBN Additional Superintendent (media) Md Jiaul Haque said at a press briefing at 11am.
"The man was then taken to the APBN office for a thorough search, where the currencies of eight countries including 11.65 lakh Saudi Riyal (SAR) were seized from him in the presence of airport customs officials," he said.
He added, "the detainee will be handed over to the airport customs authority shortly after which, they will reportedly file a case against him under the Money Laundering Act.
According to APBN Additional Superintendent, Jahangir Gazi is basically a cloth merchant who used to take advantage of the luggage benefit of commercial passengers to conduct his business. However, as per his passport immigration stamps, he had travelled abroad around 128 to 130 times in the last two years.