German sniffer dog Luke finds €745,000 in cash

This |Dog, Luke, certainly knows how to earn his room and board.

Deutsche Welle 2.28.2019

If you ever try to smuggle large amounts of cash through the Dusseldorf airport, you will most likely meet Luke, German custom’s money sniffing dog. The canine graduated in December and already made officials proud.

In less than three months of service, German shepherd Luke sniffed out a total of €745,000 ($847,070) while patrolling the Dusseldorf airport in western Germany, German customs agents said in a statement.

Luke DW 2.28.2019

The canine was recruited in February 2018, at two years of age, and then entered a lengthy program teaching him to track down large amounts of cash based on the bills’ scent. He graduated in December and made 12 successful busts before the end of February.

“Luke is a valuable helper in controlling cash smuggling,” customs spokesman Michael Walk said. “Considering his successful debut, we are excited to what his rate of success will be in the future.”

German laws prohibit bringing €10,000 or more in cash into the country, with visitors from outside the Europeab Union required to submit a written statement and travelers from within the bloc to declare the money verbally when questioned by the officials.

However, Luke’s nose sometimes works a bit too well — several times he discovered wads of money under €10,000 in value.

He is trained to sniff out euros, dollars, and pounds.

“The currencies have distinct scents, based on their paint and paper,” a customs’ representative was quoted as saying by the DPA news agency.

Luke and other sniffer dogs are a part of German authorities’ effort to curb illegal money transfers involving actors like drug traffickers or terror networks.

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