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Singaporeans charged over SA airport cash

AAP logoAAP 5/12/2016

Two Singaporeans have been charged after more than $520,000 in cash, thought to be earned through crime, was found in their bags at Adelaide Airport.

The two men, both aged 34 and Singapore nationals, appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday after an Australian Federal Police dog got a whiff of the cash in their luggage in the check-in area on Sunday.

The AFP then searched the men's bags, allegedly finding $250,000 in cash in one and $270,450 in the other.

The pair were charged with dealing with money suspected of being the proceeds of a crime, for which the maximum penalty is three years in jail.

Neither made an application for bail and both were remanded in custody to face court again on February 14.

Adelaide Airport's acting AFP Police Commander Gavin Stone said female cash dog Utana was "integral" to finding the stash, the largest to be picked up at the airport.

"Our canines work collaboratively with our officers to form an integral role in security in the aviation environment," he said in a statement.

Cash amounts greater than $10,000 must be declared before departing from Australia.

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