Her eight -month -old dog took out an envelope containing 2,000 euros worth of banknotes, hidden on the sideboard behind the frame.
Blame his dog. Sally, an 8-month-old golden retriever, smelled the good news and took care of the notes. I was very surprised to find the envelope and the notes cut and scattered on the dog pillow, Grégoire said.
At 2,000 euros, more than 1,100 euros went up in smoke. Apparently not angry with his dog (actually he could have put the envelope in the drawer), the man first thought of reconstituting the tickets. It was a real puzzle. I spent the night there. Some are more or less complete and some are more damaged, he said.
Two meetings in Brussels
Either way, he won’t be able to use the tickets after that. Then no car? Grégory hasn’t stopped, RTL Info says. By contacting his bank, he learned that he could contact the National Bank of Belgium (BNB).
The problem is that the counter is only in the capital, and if his bank had taken care of the process, it would have taken longer. So the man takes a day off and goes to Brussels in the hope of finding his money.
According to RTL Info, even if BNB is the only organization that can exchange money immediately, certain conditions must be met: an involuntary damage to the ticket, but also the fact that there is a 50% ticket, if not the its owner can change twice. Unfortunately, because he taped it, the BNB had to do a full inspection within at least ten days.
Since no transfer was possible, Grégoire had to return to Brussels a second time to collect his money. Two expensive round trips, but worth it because of the amount of money involved.The National Bank of Belgium says it is already working on developing stronger banknotes to avoid this kind of hassle.
Money laundering: money sniffer dogs to help customs officers
Goran, a six -year -old black Labrador, is convinced that money has a smell. For a year and a half, this Haut-Rhin customs smoke asset worked with customs officials to find dirty money to travel thanks to his talent.
In the corridors of the Franco-Swiss Basel-Mulhouse airport, and under the guidance of his master Thierry, customs manager, Goran walked around to identify large volumes of undeclared money at the border. . The banknote has a specific odor depending on the ink used. Our job is to explain to the dog that he needs to make a lot of money, sums up the agent, dog manager since 1991.
Without a leash, Goran calmly moved from the suitcase to the handbag, received a few caresses, raised his muzzle, sniffed, but continued on his way. Labrador, a reassuring variety for the population, was followed by Thierry and two members of the team in the back, stopping his patrol in front of a money exchange office before leaving. There must be smells all around, Thierry smiled.
An orange backpack, placed at the feet of a man sitting on a bench in the departures hall, would not take long to catch the customs officer’s nose in smoke. It maintains a moderately active marking of dubious benefit: it sniffs loudly before it is torn at its feet.
Agents intervened and discovered inside the bag a compact confetti brick, more than 1,000 crushed 50 euro notes. This exercise, prepared by Thierry, was a success. As a reward, Thierry handed Goran his favorite stuffed animal, which the dog hurried to crawl a few meters away, immediately losing interest in the money.
We’ve been working together for five years, Thierry explains. Travelers expect us to find drugs instead of money, but Goran can do both. And the techniques for hiding the contraband are the same, according to the customs team.
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A cash pioneer dog
Some people hid banknotes in sachets of spices, of chocolate, others sewed money on their clothes. It is swallowed by others or inserted into their rectum, explains Isabelle, group leader.
The Basel-Mulhouse airport isn’t the only place where the duo operates. Goran is the only customs crate dog in the Grand Est region, out of a total of fifteen in France.
Thierry and his dog, living room companions, also assist the department’s various customs brigades. On the highway, Goran found a few months ago 13,000 euros of 50 bills hidden in the cabin of a truck. A big hit. Most of those found were between 7,000 and 8,000 euros, along with drugs. So it could be directly related to traffic, he explained.
The 35 kg Labrador was one of the pioneers of a program launched in February 2016 on French customs, inspired by Germans and Czechs. Large amounts of undeclared money can be traced back to a whole host of cases, mainly related to drug trafficking, it was explained to the General Directorate of Customs.
Goran, who has been trained in drug identification from the age of three months, went through a 15-day course to sniff out new banknotes sold by the Banque de France or old ones, made into bricks. with confetti. The exercises, which have a significant reward – the famous comforter – improve his scoring abilities.
From now on, training continues on the ground. Sometimes the dog can be very sensitive and also tickles small amounts. The adjustments are permanent, Thierry specified. Efforts to bear fruit. Near Bayonne, in March, another crate dog noticed more than 650,000 euros hidden in the car’s bumper, a record.
The General Directorate of Customs, satisfied with the initial results, wants to increase the number of duos, such as Goran and Thierry, to 21 by the end of the year.