‘Bring a bag’ For Jail, Judge tells Woman Caught Smuggling £1.9million in Cash Through Heathrow

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

4 Jun 2021

Tara Hanlon, 30, plead guilty to more than £5million worth of money laundering offences after being stopped and caught in Heathrow Airport.

Held before she could board a flight to Dubai on October 3 2020, Ms Hanlon had more than £1.9 million in sterling notes packed into a total of 5 suitcases with her.

Previously she had pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to remove criminal property from England and Wales between July 13 and October 4 last year.

However she came around and admitted three counts of removing criminal property, relating to cash amounts of £1.4 million on July 14, £1.1 million on August 10 and £1million on August 31 last year, on top of pleading guilty of attempting to remove £1.9 million in criminal cash from the country.

The presiding judge on the case didn’t show much mercy telling Hanlon, “Obviously, it will be a prison sentence. You must be ready for that – bring a bag” and that not attending the court date would of been a “a very grieve error”.