Dominican woman arrested with £35,000 in Antigua

Police in Antigua say they have arrested a woman en route to London with £35,000 (around EC$150,000) in her carry on luggage.

In a release, the police said the 68-year-old woman was taken into custody on Saturday 22nd December 2012 when Officers of the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) along with Officers of Customs and Excise Department discovered the money at the VC Bird International Airport.

They say the woman, whose name was not released and who is also a British national, was in transit from Dominica to London, Gatwick via Antigua and had failed to declare the cash in accordance with the appropriate Customs (Currency and Goods Declaration) Regulations, and the Money Laundering (Prevention) Act in Antigua.

The police say investigation into exactly where the cash came from continues.

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136 Comments

  1. St.john Mingo
    January 2, 2013

    why people are so weak and afraid,a little minor incident.If the money is earned rightly rest assured she will get her money back.London will make sure of that.we must do like the ANTIGUANS,PROTECT OUR COUNTRY.and to do this we must support our Police what have you all got to hide.

  2. Ted Lewis
    December 31, 2012

    I feel so a shame for my Dominican brothers and sisters. A lot of these comments signal the state of our human capital in Dominica. its really poor.low quality.
    basic laws we cannot even comprehend.people don’t even know that there hold luggage as well as hand luggage are screened.
    someone travelling from Dominica with 30000 pounds not even EC without declaring the funds don’t even raise some suspicion to our nationals.

    people don’t know that if travelling with more than 10000 dollars you need to go to your relevant institution for a declaration certificate.

    hmm. i calling for the government to make it mandatory for constitutional law to be thought in schools. That’s a very god place to start in the reshaping of our human capital.

    • December 31, 2012

      You are full of it just as the rest of us, you see this lady was in transit, from Dominica to England, she was screened in Dominica. In the event she had a connecting flight in Antigua, this lady should not be subjected to any form of security screening in Antigua again.

      As I stated in my previous post, her luggage should have taken off the aircraft arriving from Dominica, and loaded unto the aircraft taking her to England. Even if she had to wait over for a day, her luggage should be secured in a storage area waiting to be put on her departure flight.

      Her carry on should not be subjected to any search at this point because that was already done in Dominica!

      The keyword here is ” in transit ” passing through that is what that word means, so what reason should Immigration have to subject one in transit to any form of search and seizure unless this person is under investigation for illegal activities.

      From the time she got of LIAT or whatever aircraft she arrived on from Dominica, she should be allowed only in the departure lounge, until it was time for her to board her connecting flight.

      So, as eloquent as you try to sound, many of us has traveled the world many times over, and has the knowledge of how it works.

      I have traveled from some distance places which took more than five days to get to Dominica, and never saw my luggage not once until I got to Dominica. And mind you by the time I arrived in Dominica, where there is no International Airport, my luggage came after because they were left in either Antigua, Barbados, and in most recent years St. Lucia.

      There are times when I never saw them again!

      In the event the lady got to England, and did not declare to the custom officials( mind you not immigration since she is an British national, a citizen of that country) the amount of money she had, and that is assuming she was out of her country for a certain time, then you people could talk all that amount of trash and get away with it.

      The problem with ” us Dominicans” is that we are so darn jealous, and envious, many of you are wishing that they take her hard earn money from her. Everybody talking about one cannot travel with more than ten thousand dollars without declaring it and all that crap; it depends on where you are traveling to and the laws of the land.

      Dominicans seems to be the authority on everything, however, where it pertains to doing what it takes to improve our country to a level where life can be better for us who wish to return and retire and enjoy life we hear no talk of that, but as for international matters, oh yeah, we know it all!

      I drive from Los Angeles to Canada, with more than fifteen thousand dollars in my pocket in all hundred dollar bills no questions ask, so I do not even understand what is the excitement over this lady’s money, and this focus on ten thousand dollars thing!

      Whereas thirty-five thousand pounds seem plenty of money to you all, to some people that is peanut change

      The only place it was mandatory for her to declare her money and what else she was taking into the country on arrival was in England.

      Say I say so!

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  3. Jackie Brown
    December 31, 2012

    The lady knows that you cannot travel with more than $10,000 its her fault. She should have asked a few of her children to joined her then they could have split the cash between them problem solved.

  4. omg
    December 30, 2012

    omg antiguan police voler the lady retirement money…wicked and skerrit them talking about liat… we need our damn international airport :oops:

  5. Anonymous
    December 30, 2012

    money is legal. if you are in transit = don’t have to declare. international law. ESQ. Antigua – STOP THE BS and STOP STEALING FROM PEOPLE!

    • philme
      December 31, 2012

      you are right she do not have to declare the money as long as she is in transit.they trying to take the woman money

  6. Anonymous
    December 30, 2012

    Seems like a lot of us “do not travel”. There are no direct flights from Dominica to England. Therefore, when you get to Antigua/Barbados/St Martin or wherever you are taking the flight, it’s like you are checking in for the first time. For example, she could have gotten to Antigua in from Dominica in the morning and her flight is in the evening. In that case, she could have picked up the said cash in Antigua, hence the reason it was not detected at Melville Hall. So, yes, you must declare your cash in Antigua too….smh

    I am sure if she got that amount of money from one of our local banks, they would have advised her to do a money transfer, and of the dangers of travelling with such a large sum of cash.

    Therefore, while I may be wrong, I do believe that there’s much more to the story, and that the Antigua customs had every right to confiscate the money, until she can prove its legitimacy.

    On another note, what if while in transit she had packed a bomb in her suitcase before going through customs in ANtigua, and the Antigua customs just ‘let her through’ because she was IN TRANSIT’. And lo and behold, something happened during the flight, I wonder how many of us who are saying she should not have been checked in ANtigua would sing a different tune?

    • anonymous2
      December 30, 2012

      And how often does that happen? Try next to never.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 31, 2012

      We could ask why there are so many guns and ammunition in Dominica of all? If those passengers were in transit in Antigua and also Barbados, how could they be overlooked and entered Dominica with guns and ammunition?
      The Antigua police appear to be very good at catching people with undeclared money and not those with guns and ammunition. Are they also not on the lookout for those who travel with illegal guns and who did not declare them?

    • budman
      December 31, 2012

      glad to see someone could reason this thing out. most use emotion and post a set of foolishness.

    • philme
      December 31, 2012

      you are wrong i do this every month antigua is not her last stop,you have to declare it the last place she is going and a bomb got nothing do with this,if she was entering antigua yes as her place of stay

  7. December 30, 2012

    yes antigua enforcement officers can only apprehend a 68 year old woman.
    every section of law authority was at the airport.

    one would ask why the guy of interest in dj bullet killing was not escorted at the airport?

    you know what i hope the money do not jump the airport fence with proper police escort.

    we are behind granny 100% in da.mind they steal your retirement funds

    • Justice and Truth
      December 31, 2012

      How did they allow a man, a person of interest in the execution-style slayings of two Dominicans to evade them twice? They catch who they want to catch. Shame! Antigua police or some of them are jokers. They have a severe problem. They are always catching people with undeclared money. I wonder where all that money went to.

  8. anonymous2
    December 30, 2012

    Why do all of you people think that because the globalists want to monitor all of your money transactions, involving your own money, that you owe them a declaration? They don’t give you any accounting of their siphoning off of trillions of dollars or flying in dope and millions on their own private planes. Wake up people, there is a distinct double standard going on. Anyone should be able to carry their own money around…no questions asked. These laws are meant for the slaves.

  9. blood
    December 29, 2012

    The lady was never arrested the money was seized till it can b proven….why u all saying she was arrested

    • Justice and Truth
      December 31, 2012

      This article reads that she was arrested.

  10. St.john Mingo
    December 29, 2012

    If there were no rules and regulations where would we be,rules started from home training.no one is above the law.how did you acquire these large sum of money,did you know that you are not allow to carry large sume of money on the plane,the police not happy with her explanation and want to find the truth.More respect for the police please suppose it was a bomb .wake up safety first

  11. John Henderson
    December 29, 2012

    Hi People what make you thing the money that old lady had was not money she send to the Bank In Dominica..

    I believed this money came from London in the first place, she just decide to moved her money back to the UK. she was naive”; I believed not trying to device a plan not to declare the money ,

    When she arrived in the UK the UK border agency money Dogs would finds it ,and once proven,the money was earned legally it will be returned to the person ,

    there was no reason for Antiguan police to arrests her in the first place ,she would not have been arrested in another country, they would interviewed her and if she could not proved she earned the money legally,it would be taken away from her

    • Justice and Truth
      December 31, 2012

      If so, I believe that she would have to pay tax on it. The government always takes its cut.

  12. Anonymous
    December 29, 2012

    If she was a 60+year old antiguan grandmother caught with that kind of money leaving Melville hall would you all be so supportive. Maybe someone tipped of the police- a Dominican who is jealous of the fact that she had the money and that she could travel. Nobody know exactly what happend.If the money is hers I do hope they are understanding and return it to her.

  13. omg
    December 29, 2012

    Dominicans bias eh!

    Is a old lady, so all you automatically rule out a drug deal? ok! If was a 30 yr old rasta, all you would say is drug money, put him in jail and throw away the keys!!! Hmm

    Let me tell you Dominicans something! Drug deals does not know age! young, old, fat, small in it! Dominichen zor 2 sort!

    • Justice and Truth
      December 31, 2012

      Her lifestyle will have to be investigated to determine whether the money has anything to do with drugs or not.

  14. WE ARE LEARNING NOW
    December 29, 2012

    its a good job that the police in antuiga has done,mayb that was a easy one ; the money could have been hers ‘ but she is wrong . for not declaring the money ; but on thr other hand that was an easy one ; there is still plenty of more had work these police in antuiga have to do ;they could get a 7/0 ‘when going hunting you dont only look for sick berds or dead wails on the beach?u have to go in deep waters too ? not only old woman who forget to declar her moneys ;u have more job to be done ; go in deeper waters ‘ there are tigers out there too

  15. Maui
    December 29, 2012

    Seasons greetings to one and all,hoping your 2013 will bring you Health, Strength,Peace,Love and Joy.
    D.N.O. to you administration and staff I wish continued success and believe you will continue to be torch burning bright in the coverage of News.

    To my fellow bloggers on this site please be rational and open minded in the opinions you post. This site may be called D.N.O. but it ‘s on the World Wide Web.

    This news broke out in Antigua five (5) days ago, the director of the O.N.D.C.P. (Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy) Lieutenant Colonel Edward Croft said and I quote “Funds are frozen or seized while the investigations are ongoing but we would not want to hold the individual because we have nothing on the individual. It’s just they didn’t go through the proper procedures,” he added

    The lady was detained and questioned but never arrested. I understand from someone who works there that her hand luggage came through and the money was discovered and in true Dominican style she let it be known what time it was.

    The ironic thing is on the Antiguan blogg sight they are upset with the system and sympathetic to the lady and are now quoting comments on this sight to say how we “threw we own people under the bus”

    All I’m saying is don’t be so quick to be negative, let us wait for the conclusion of the investigation.Financial institutions in DA will respond professionally and precisely and the 68yrs of age lady will tell us why she can’t stay in DA and was returning to England.
    I apologize for being long,but I hope we understan

    • Justice and Truth
      December 31, 2012

      I am speculating that due to the current situation in Dominica of gangs, guns, murders and other criminal activities she cannot stand the heat of what is occurring. Therefore she may have decided to return to England with her money.

      • budman
        December 31, 2012

        in raw cash? are you that naive?

  16. December 28, 2012

    I will say here something is wrong with Antigua, Dominica, perhaps all of the small Islands of the Caribbean.

    Because I am not sure about of the procedures, I will be limited on this one:

    However; it is not customary when people are departing Dominica for another country for the Immigration to ask passengers how much money one is taking out of the country, therefore there is no law in Dominica requesting our citizens to declare the amount of money they are leaving with: how come one in transit from Dominica is ask by immigration in Antigua to declare the amount of money they are leaving with?

    Something does not make sense here!

    Remember the passenger is in transit, did not work in Antigua, and I suppose spent less than five days on the island, therefore they did not even have any right to suggest departure tax, since this person was only “in transit.”

    I suppose when her flight was booked in Dominica she may have booked a connecting flight, as such her luggage should be taken off LIAT and placed on the aircraft she would be traveling on to London: therefore her luggage should not be screened a second time in Antigua.

    I believe that someone must have reported something suspicious to the Antiguan’s which triggered that search.

    Now the story would be different on her arrival in London, that’s where she would have to declare anything over a certain mount allowed by British Law.

    I know for a fact that when someone enters a country for a “vacation;” the United States, Canada, and Britain, on an issued visa, when they arrive at the port of disembarkation, they are ask how much money they are carrying; and the reason for that is the Immigration department want to be sure that the person can sustain themselves financially while they are visiting their country!

    Thus the amount of time granted for the vacation is based on the amount of money the visiting tourist has in they pocket.

    As far as I am concerned the authorities in Antigua may have broken the law, and could be liable to compensate this woman for damages they caused her.

    I read where someone said people does not leave Dominica with that amount of money; well, things in Dominica cost as much as any other place on earth, what if this 68 year old person returned to Dominica where she liquidated whatever assets she may have acculated on the island, and left never to return.

    Land is very expensive in Dominica you know!

    The kind of houses in Dominica people are advertising for sale valued at up to seven hundred thousand dollars and more speaks volumes, so it is not every time one is found packing plenty of money it has to be money laundering, that is why I believe this lady was targeted all due to someone may have reported something perhaps false about her.

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Justice and Truth
      December 31, 2012

      Well Francisco I tend to believe you except that I will reserve my doubt and be neutral on this one about someone tipping off the police.
      Every passenger on the plane is given an embarkation or disembarkation form with other pertinent information to fill out for airport authorities. This form is presented to immigration/security at the airport when entering and leaving. The passenger is given a copy. You do know that when leaving, the luggage is weighed at the airline agent and passengers and passengers go through the security turnstile.
      Whatever occurred, she obviously did not declare the money. When her luggage was searched the money was found.
      We have not heard the entire story. It would be interesting to hear the lady’s side including the Antigua police about what really transpired at the airport when she was caught.
      Happy New Year to you and yours!

      • December 31, 2012

        “We have not heard the entire story”

        Well, according to what we read from all our bush lawyers, and know it all country men and women, if we are not careful we can also get caught up in this believing what we read you know.

        When people do not know better they believe anything i.e. people according to them cannot travel with more than ten thousand dollars you know.

        What they are doing here is that they the standards for every country in the world you know!

        Talking heads with no actual concept of the fact.

        I hope you had a good holiday; I am getting ready to visit with my friend in Moreno Valley, she is a professional entertainer, song writer, and recording artist,: she is recording a new video tonight, and want me to be in it, so I have to go to do some Dominica gyrating, I am supposed to dress up like an African prince in white robes oui!

        Maybe I will become eccentric and add some Dominica Black Green and Gold to me white princely robe oui!

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

        Enjoy your holiday’s.

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  17. bee
    December 28, 2012

    I feel sorry for the lady as long you are travelling with more tha $10, 000 you have to declare it. I hope with proper reason about this amount she gets back her money

  18. Jay
    December 28, 2012

    Ha, ha, maybe the laundrette in London bigger and washing whiter, cleaner than clean? Never heard of people taking money like that out of Dominica unless it is to put on a foreign account.

    • doesn't sound right
      December 29, 2012

      Since when do they check your bags in transit. 68 is not very old. Maybe she wennt down Dom with more than that and goin back with the rest. 38 thousand pounds its not hard for an elderly to save at home over time.

      Maybe she declared it. How else would dem lazy antigua customs know she have it. I tired walk through dat airport in transit they never touch your stuff dey lazy.

      I think they want to take de woman money. Not eveyone loves banking. She maybe on benefit in UK and can’t have that much money in the bank anyway. Give de woman her money!

  19. yes i
    December 28, 2012

    may be the lady did not full the form her self

    • Jay
      December 30, 2012

      Maybe she was a “mule”??

      • ct
        December 31, 2012

        Is u that is the mule. … stop insulting the lady

    • Anonymous
      December 30, 2012

      If you have ever seen a customs declaration form then you would know that you have to sign the form and agree that all information given in the form is the truth

  20. Anonymous
    December 28, 2012

    well she was suppose to declare it . but did she know that she had to to declare it. she might just be ignorant of the fact . but if such is the case i hope she dont loose all her cash. lord help her in this time of recesscion

    • Anonymous
      December 30, 2012

      You must never have been outside of Dominica…Anyone who travels knows you got to declare money over a certain form…It is clearly written on the declaration form the flight attendants hand out before land

  21. Diamond+Ruby
    December 28, 2012

    Granny is being used as a scape goat. Any right thinking person would know that they are not allowed to travel with that sum of money.I agree that the money should have been declared, however, the antiguan customs do have a right in confiscating the money. It is against law to travel with a sum of money in excess of $10,000 without declaration. What happen to wire transfer and I don’t belive that the bank would have isued that cash. Granny alone that know why she is carrying that boulo l’argent.

    • Vero Don
      December 30, 2012

      That law is unconstitutional.

      • budman
        December 31, 2012

        this is going to be good. Tell us Vero Don how this law contravenes the constitution of Antigua & Barbuda.

  22. rescue 911
    December 28, 2012

    but whatever harpen to the lady they caught in antigua that was traveling from st martin to dominica with the money stacked on her body ?( i think that was last year or the year before)

    • rescue 911
      December 28, 2012

      that harpened december 30th last year.

  23. De W
    December 28, 2012

    granny U Have SWAG.

  24. lovely
    December 28, 2012

    the woman is wrong to travel with such a huge sum of money like that,dose’nt matter where was her final destination,rules are rules.and there are many ways she could do with that sum of money.wat are banks for?something is just fishy.

    • anonymous2
      December 30, 2012

      Banks are for tracking your use of the globalists money.

  25. budman
    December 28, 2012

    we are truly a strange people. when we break laws in other people’s country, we say those people mistreating us. when foreigners break laws in ours , we say ‘off with their heads”. as for the in transit story, the money laundering prevention act speaks to money entering and leaving a country. so being in transit is a moot point. as long as you touch soil then you have entered the country. secondly to egt to Britain, she would ahve to change flights and check in on the jet service. thereby facing security checkpoint again. if the money was found via the x-ray machine then she has a problem because she is leaving teh country without declaration. this is not unlike the man who was in transit in Barbados en route to Dominica who was found with a gun in his suitcase. should Barbados have said” he’s in transit, so leave that for Dominica to deal with”? no because its a crime to travel with an unlicensed and undeclared firearm just like its a crime in EVERY SINGLE CARIBBEAN ISLAND to travel with cash that exceeds 10,000 without a declaration.

  26. real
    December 28, 2012

    dats why i can never agree with skeritt taking our money an give list..dem antiguan want to steal d woman money,,i don’t know why dominican going in antigua..i never see sombdy cum out antigua an build a house ,bring back a car ,bike ,or somting..all coming back how they go,some even worst..

    • dicky
      December 28, 2012

      you are so right. i wish we Dominicans never have to pass through Antigua. Dominicans are mistreated at the airport all the time. Even if you are not going into their Island they still take your stuff. Antiguans are a greedy nation.

      • budman
        December 31, 2012

        wrong. SOME Dominicans are mistreated. you know the types that feel that rules don’t apply to them.

      • islandtyme
        April 9, 2013

        I know plenty Antiguans with Dominican blood in them. Hmmmmmmmmmm…..

    • Justice and Truth
      December 31, 2012

      You made me laugh. :lol: This could happen in progressive countries. It could depend on one’s luck.
      There is not much money in Antigua. Keep in mind that non-Antiguans may not get the best job and a good paying one unless they possess a degree of some sort.

  27. smh
    December 28, 2012

    hmmmm so what does that say for our Dominica customs?did they not search the woman luggage?

    • Anonymous
      December 28, 2012

      Idiot when ever u r leaving a country immigration dnt search u ..

      • Illiterate
        December 28, 2012

        Come on don’t be so hard, this person may have never travelled or does not understand the ropes of travelling.

      • Anonymous
        December 28, 2012

        They do and sometimes you get selected and they search your luggage again before you enter the plane. And I don’t think you should be calling anyone an idiot .

      • rescue 911
        December 28, 2012

        yes thay do .idiot

    • abijah
      December 28, 2012

      what a dumb comment, do customs search people / baggage going out ?

      • budman
        December 28, 2012

        actually smh is right and you two are the fools because you must go through a security checkpoint to depart a country by air. so the security should have picked up the cash stored in her carry-on.

      • Sunflower
        December 28, 2012

        OH YES THEY DO TO YOUR HAND LUGGAGE BUT THINKING OF IT THAT MONEY WOULD DO GOOD IN DOMINICA

      • Justice and Truth
        December 31, 2012

        As a rule they do not search it but every passenger has to go through a security check. Their luggage may not be searched per se but also must go through a security check. They cannot allow luggage on board without doing so. What if someone had a bomb in his/her luggage? Since 9/11, these days the luggage is handled in a different manner. If it is found that it contains a suspicious object, the luggage could be searched and the passenger called out and questioned, if not arrested where applicable.

    • well bred
      December 28, 2012

      ignorance is Bliss…guess you never travelled….smh

    • December 28, 2012

      I guess not, or they did and found nothing wrong. People do not go on vacation without money. Some people go to shop. Every penny is NOT from drugs. Some people SAVE their money for occassions like this. This woman should not be arrested and she should not be still in custody. What do the Antiguans plan to do with her? She do not have to tell them where her money came from. Do you think they will believe her? Their mind is already made up as to where her money came from. The can keep the money and let the woman join her family.

      Another note, the Antiguan authorities should be searching for the killers of the two Dominican men.

    • water
      December 28, 2012

      custom dont check people when they leaving only the security that going through stuff

    • Jay
      December 29, 2012

      Maybe she have connections and pass through VIP??

  28. SMH
    December 28, 2012

    so these days, people can’t even travel with their own money? It’s an old woman for crying out loud. so what if she has $150000 EC worth in Pounds. England ain’t easy. You NEEEEED money to survive in that country. i’m sure a drug dealer got by with product on that same flight….some people need to pay attention to what really matters and give honest hard working people a break. after all…that’s what we all want. A BREAK from all the madness.

    • KTS
      December 28, 2012

      Nothing is wrong with traveling with “your own” money but it must be declared. That means, you must give a valid reason for traveling with that much cash and also state the source. That should not be too difficult to understand.

    • Reader
      December 28, 2012

      She needed to declare the cash!!

      • December 28, 2012

        Maybe she did declare the cash, that is why they arrested her. I believe the authorities are telling us she did not declare the cash to cover their tracks. I do not think the woman would evade declaration of cash knowing the concequences. Why did she go through in Dominica, which is where she should have made the declaration anyway? You do not declare money at every airport. Something is wrong here.

      • GWATANCE
        December 28, 2012

        I believe she did not know the regulation of this $10,000 maximum without permission and maybe she did not know of the importance and good returns from the Credit Unions in Dominica.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 31, 2012

      Sometime ago wasn’t a man from Guadeloupe arrested and charged for not declaring a certain amount of money when he landed in Dominica? Recall the article on DNO? Did you read it or have you forgotten it?

  29. disturbed
    December 28, 2012

    Why make excuses man. There is no reason to travel legitimately with all that money. This must be investigated . Let the banking system take care of ur money. Only illegitimate money travels like this. Her sweet old woman facade does not fool me

    • Anonymous
      December 28, 2012

      Agree she could of transferred the money and paid a small fee -far safer than carrying so much money.

      • Malgraysa
        December 29, 2012

        You think a bank in England would not ask questions why such a large sum of money is tranferred from the Dominica to the U.K. by an individual? In any case the limit for a daily transfer for a U.K. account is less than £10,000.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 31, 2012

      It is strange that she traveled with that amount of money. Some people prefer keeping the money rather than banking it or transferring it so that they do not have to pay for doing so as well as paying tax on it but this is taking a chance. It is never recommended to have that amount of money on your person or at home. If thieves get hold of it, all will be lost. It really is not worth it. Why she had so much money in her luggage while traveling is a big mystery to us until we find out, if we ever will.

  30. Anonymous
    December 28, 2012

    Mr Savarin responsible for national security, I demand an investigation. Tell us what the lady was doing with all that cash and how high is her threat to Dominican Citizens, condi Eddo, lol :mrgreen:

    • Peeping Tom
      December 28, 2012

      :lol: :lol: :lol:

  31. Ontario Massive
    December 28, 2012

    Money laundering ki sah? what and whom antigua need to chogoney they ignoring not true. Just do tief the lady money. The woman maybe sell her land or house and did that, although she used poor judgement.

    • BIG UP!
      December 28, 2012

      That’s exactly what I thought!!

      • Anonymous
        December 31, 2012

        Why thats exactly what you thought, because she is 68? Well the joke is on you, 68 is not that old at all wait till you see my sister. If she was 30 you would say is drugs money what makes you think 68yr olds dont handle drugs money? Thats the best way to do it now, use the older folks. :mrgreen:

    • Careful
      December 28, 2012

      I maybe wrong but when I heard the news on the radio this afternoon, I said maybe the lady sold her property in Dominica and was returning with her cash, so I do not want to say much, she may have been naive about the law. Hope she can explain to the authorities the source of her money once it is legal and I hope things work out for the best in her interest. I would be pissed if my thinking is correct and the lady looses her money. However if it is otherwise illegal activity woe be onto her. That’s my thinking.

  32. hard cur dominican
    December 28, 2012

    that antigua transit make me sick, the lady not entering alu country, mabe the lady sell her house or land in dca.

  33. Sisizeb
    December 28, 2012

    When politicians want to launder money they do all kinds of coco ma kack. They hiding money in all kind of ways. Is not the first time and one day one day.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 31, 2012

      Not only politicians also business people. It is also evasion of taxes. It happens all over the world in Canada, U.S. and Europe of all. Ever heard of the Swiss Bank, Cayman Islands and elsewhere and all the controversies?

  34. Oust Them!
    December 28, 2012

    :oops: :twisted: :mrgreen: :?: In as much that her final destination was not Antigua,does she owe it to the Antiguan authority to declare the money?I thought she’s only liable to her country of arrival,in her case England!Madame you should challenge the Antiguan authority and find out what the law says.If you do have a case,take action against them and sue them,for unlawful arrest and damage control.Try to sue them for double the amount you were found with!Antigua is an island we Dominicans should avoid travelling through,they don’t seems to love us and treat us right,there are so many different testimonies to this.They are so rude and disrespectful,with their dry piece of land! :oops: :twisted: :mrgreen: :?:

    • budman
      December 28, 2012

      she better have a good reason for that amount of cash or else that going straight to the consolidated fund and even if the funds are returned to her,she has no grounds to sue because she did contravene the law by not making the declaration. that’s the point that most keep overlooking.

      • Justice and Truth
        December 31, 2012

        That will be a lot of money for her to lose. I hope she does not lose it all.

    • Web
      December 28, 2012

      The V C Bird International Airport has turned out to be a shopping centre, you can hardly find your way around. Barbados is the place to go now if you have to be intransit, not Antigua. The easiest transition one can have is thru the Grantly Adams Internatal Airport – Barbados.

      • Malgraysa
        December 29, 2012

        I agree. Antigua is the pits!!Not at all passenger friendly.

  35. rescue 911
    December 28, 2012

    she even lucky they inform her .most time in antigua they take the stuff and is only when you get to your destination that you realise that you missing something.

  36. waw
    December 28, 2012

    Granny is a drug mule

  37. December 28, 2012

    Is my beautiful Dominica becomming the illegal in transit port of the Caribbean.We have heard of Dominica being used as an in transit port for the movement of illegal people to Guadda. Resently it was said by a prominent lawyer on the animal show that a man carrying a gun and amunitions was suppose to be in transit from Dominica.Now, it is reported the a woman carrying lots of bucks was in transit from Dominica.

  38. Anonymous
    December 28, 2012

    hope they send that money to DA treasury :-D

    • MIA
      December 29, 2012

      You mad!! dem man go take that boy!!

    • Justice and Truth
      December 31, 2012

      Make me laugh. :lol: That is a lot of money, $150,000 EC. Some of us could do with some of it, if not all. :lol:
      It would be a good thing to send it to Dominica. If she is a Catholic Christian, some or all of it could be given to to the restoration of the Catholic Church. It would surely be welcomed. :lol: No argument on this one.

  39. Sweets
    December 28, 2012

    She does not have to declare her money to Antigua official she only has to do that when she arrives in Britain. She is only in Antigua in transit. She has not committed any crime. Antiguan has a reputation of quickly arresting the innocent while the murderers walk pass customs and police undetected. Give the woman back her money

    • budman
      December 28, 2012

      you don’t understand the money laundering laws but you speak with such conviction. the pride that some DNO posters take in their ignorance would be funny if it weren’t so serious.

    • December 28, 2012

      I agree with you 100%. Her destination was not ANTIGUA. Antigua had no reason whatsoever to search her pocket book. She was supposed to declare in Dominica and when she arrived in England. Illegal or not, I think that woman had no idea she would be searched in Antigua. Thank God I DO NOT have to travel through Antigua. If this Island is my only way to and from Dominica I will stay where I am.

    • disappointed
      December 28, 2012

      she did commit a crime, dominica airport security failed to discover the money when she was leaving

      • Dominican
        December 28, 2012

        Crime my foot, and when those big heads carrying large amount of cash in briefcases and laundering through banks and fictitious institutions and money turning from real to counterfeit in mid air every body turning a blind eye.

  40. Peeping Tom
    December 28, 2012

    This is an interesting case because prior to checking out through Immigration, the passenger would have surely completed a long form at the back of which she is asked if she is carrying a certain amount of money. She is also told on that form that any sums beyond a threshold must be declared.

    There are two potential ways in which she could have gotten to the customs point without having completed that portion of the form: The Immigration Officer who dealt with her did not notice that the form was not fully completed or…she was deceptive and simply chose not to declare the sum.

    The subsequent investigation will reveal the truth.

    • December 28, 2012

      I do not believe she did not declare the money. If she did not, it is possible that she thought she could get away with it; however, it was NOT the Antiguans place to search her, this was not her destination. Let us say, for arguement sake, she did not complete the form in its entirety should it not be the Dominican authorities to call her back. I recently visited Dominica, I had nothing to declare, the security officer opened my pocket book, even my wallet, after it was scanned. I asked why is my wallet being opened? I was told “IT IS MY JOB MA’AM.” I believe that woman was cleared in Dominica.

      • AT.Atttention
        December 28, 2012

        She did not complete the form herself. If the person knew that they’d have put it in the form

      • Justice and Truth
        December 31, 2012

        Note how strict they are today. 9/11 did that. It is not fun to travel as previously. The officer searched them in case there was a hidden, illegal object in it. Some of them could be small.

  41. December 28, 2012

    vele zot vole

  42. December 28, 2012

    great question let start pulling the custom office in Melville . not doing a good job we want them in court let see if the system is working only for the poor and not the police , still we are waiting to see what is the out put of the police who kill the Carib fellow in cold blood the world is watching

  43. bias dcans
    December 28, 2012

    Dcans wait for the facts before you all write such rubbish…i am nit pitting my hands in fire for no one i know some mothers eho help tjeir children with illegal activity…she is lucky she eas csught in antigua and not englane…also which bsnk in dca will issue someone 35000 pounds anf not encourage them to wire the money instead

    • kicks
      December 28, 2012

      What in the sam hill did you type there??? 8-O 8-O 8-O

  44. beautiful
    December 28, 2012

    let dem antiguan volere give the lady back her money. de lady maybe work hard for her money. she maybe need some cash to take back to england with her to do her business. the lady maybe dont know she had to declare money in antigua because is london she going. Antiguans, sanford leave allu high and dry, allu want money. give the poor lady her money to go England. The lady pension money.

  45. Lougaoo Mem
    December 28, 2012

    Too bad she wasn’t knowledgeable in the laws of the Money Laundering Control Policy. Hope there are mitigating circumstances, ie: selling of her property, or withdrawal of her savings in D/ca to obtain that amount of cash in British currency. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt, that this is a case of ignorance of the law. Also, hope she gets the better part of the deal if it’s the latter. Keep us inform on the out-come DNO!

  46. anonymous3
    December 28, 2012

    trust dem antiguans to get de money wii!!!!! give de lady back her dam money!!!

    • princess Osanna
      December 28, 2012

      tell the antiguan policemen go get the fellas that escape from them and leave the woman alone.

      • princess Osanna
        December 28, 2012

        I seem to think that Antiguans do not like Dominicans. The government need to create employment for its people so all those in Antigua can come back to their country.

  47. Marigot
    December 28, 2012

    she wasn,t entering your damn country so why declare her money, leave that to the Brits to do. better yet go find the two kills your paper cops let loose, stop harassing Dominicans.

  48. honey boo boo
    December 28, 2012

    them antiguans just voleh……they allow a two murders to escape on them….just see who they had in custody a poor old lady that save up all her pension money….them antiguans belive they’re the only ones with and airport….even those in customs want to have attitude with ppl…..somebody go make alu hands gwuhflay!!!

  49. Anonymous
    December 28, 2012

    people just doing what da want

  50. DEA
    December 28, 2012

    The woman is in transit why she have to declare the money in Antigua when her final destination in london?

    • Shameless
      December 28, 2012

      Very well said. However, I cant understand how she got through security at Melville Hall with such a large portion of money without that being detected. I SMELL A BIG ROTTEN FISH!

      When I travel through Melville Hall they boo-way my hand luggage at security so why they allowed her to pass with all big booloe. Did she leave via the VIP lounge? Was she escorted by VIP personnel or the police or customs through the security point? Or was those working the security checkpoint to the departure lounge part of the conspiracy? Mr. Police Commissioner (Carbon) we the people need answers ASAP.

      Assertive, NOT Agressive!

      • Too hard too long
        December 28, 2012

        They don’t always ransack your hand luggage. They usually only do that if something suspicious shows up on the x-ray screen.

      • beautiful
        December 28, 2012

        @ shameless – de big rotten fish u smelling is the one you left over night in salt because your fridge go bomb. its an old lady with her little money she save. customs and airport employee in Dominica not stupid to harass an old lady for that.

      • December 28, 2012

        That’s exactly what I was thinking how did she pass thru our own security check I will give her the bennifit it’s her own funds she was taking back with her but unfortunately didnt secure the funds for transporting large amount of funds must go thru the legal channel.
        Folks let’s see where thje investigation leads us I hope it wouldnt be drawn out and she will be on her way soon, But our own Security at the Airport must be investigated and maybe their should be an on going training program for the employees who work there.

      • Peeping Tom
        December 28, 2012

        Shameless: ” I cant understand how she got through security at Melville Hall with such a large portion of money without that being detected.”

        Good observation.

      • the mob
        December 28, 2012

        What are you trying to imply? Does your statement makes any sense? NO! In the first place where are you coming from with that story, everything that happen to someone you all idiotic monkeys have to find some way to get somebody involve into someting that don’t matter to them, you all need to grow up and get a life of your own. Stop living other people life for them.
        Too many times we say things totally out of order

      • rescue 911
        December 28, 2012

        i dont care who disagree with you ,but u rite .twice this year i was in dominica and to see how the damn woman take off every thing that was in my hand luggage and my sons luggage .and even had the nerve to tell me pick up the things she dropped on the floor.all that time they calling passenger **** and passenger***on the intercome.smh

      • December 28, 2012

        There are two ways of looking at the situation, she declared the money or she was overlooked. In any event she should not be searched in Antigua. The arguement remains “ANTIGUA WAS NOT HER DESTINATION” she should be given her money and let the London police take it from there.

    • Too hard too long
      December 28, 2012

      Most probably she was changing airlines and so she had to pass through Customs. I suppose she “forgot” that she had all this cash on her.

    • DominicaninDominica
      December 28, 2012

      I agree the lady is in transit y she have to declare her money, to whom would she have done it when u intransit there is no form to fill out. How comes Dominican security didn’t find it. Is becuz all u in antigua damn lie d woman did not have it in her carry on.

      • eyes to see
        December 28, 2012

        well the woman have to clear customer to take the international flight. i don’t think she was in transit. there is alot more to the story than. the question is who is that woman… my grand mother have all the money collect under her bed for since my auntie leave 40 yrs ago and all is in pounds.. auntie does always put the money in AH envelop.

      • Attitude
        December 28, 2012

        Maybe she had to take a different flight from Antigua.

      • December 28, 2012

        People do not put money in their carry-on. True, she probably had to check-in for her other flight to England and did not realize she had to declare the money again. All-in-all I do not think she owes the Antiguans and explanation because she was passing through.

  51. B.E.B
    December 28, 2012

    Well , she is wrong not declaring the money she had in her possession but on an other note, she needs a large amount of cash to travel to London. She could have widthdraw that money from her saving account

    • Really?
      December 28, 2012

      LOL….that’s funny B.E.B

    • Hmmn
      December 28, 2012

      Mwen sav zort kopwan moun sot pas vway..withdraw savings is joke!

  52. Anonymous1
    December 28, 2012

    Give the old woman back her money…….volere Antiguans

    • caroib diva 1
      December 28, 2012

      I agree with you marigot!!

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