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Behind bars 'Brazen money launderer' jailed after attempting to smuggle £1.4 million through Heathrow

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Zdenek Kamaryt (38)

Zdenek Kamaryt (38)

Each of his three suitcases he had checked in for the flight was stuffed full of vacuum packed packages of cash totalling more than £1.3 million (1.5 million euro)

Each of his three suitcases he had checked in for the flight was stuffed full of vacuum packed packages of cash totalling more than £1.3 million (1.5 million euro)

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Zdenek Kamaryt (38)

A man described by UK authorities as a “brazen money launderer” who tried to smuggle almost £1.4 million (€1.6 million) out of the country stuffed into three suitcases has been jailed for more than two years.

Zdenek Kamaryt (38) who is originally from the Czech Republic, was stopped at Heathrow Airport on November 8, 2020 as he attempted to get on a flight to Dubai.

Each of his three suitcases he had checked in for the flight was stuffed full of vacuum packed packages of cash totalling more than £1.3 million (€1.5 million).

Another £50,000 (€58,000) was found in his carry-on hand luggage, including bundles of £50 notes stuffed inside socks.

He told Border Force officers that he was intending to use the cash to buy watches and that he was a currency trader

The National Crime Agency (NCA) discovered he had bought the vacuum seal bags from a high street hardware store just days before and the credit card used was in his possession.

According to the NCA, Kamaryt refused to say where the money had come from or where it was supposed to go.

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Each of his three suitcases he had checked in for the flight was stuffed full of vacuum packed packages of cash totalling more than £1.3 million (1.5 million euro)

Each of his three suitcases he had checked in for the flight was stuffed full of vacuum packed packages of cash totalling more than £1.3 million (1.5 million euro)

Each of his three suitcases he had checked in for the flight was stuffed full of vacuum packed packages of cash totalling more than £1.3 million (1.5 million euro)

NCA Heathrow operations manager Ian Truby said: “This was a pretty brazen attempt to take money out of the country – Kamaryt’s suitcases contained very little else other than wads of cash.

“I’ve no doubt he knew this money was the profits of crime and would have ended up being reinvested in further criminal activity. He didn’t care about the impact.

“Cash is the lifeblood of organised crime. Working with partners like Border Force we are determined to do all we can to disrupt that flow of illicit finance and target the money launderers involved.”

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