COMO, ITALY - 25 October 2013: An officer of Italy's Guardia di Finanza (Financial Police) questions a man suspected of smuggling cash into Switzerland by car in Como, Italy, at the border with Chiasso (Switzerland) on October 25th 2013. Cash dogs are sniffer dogs that have specially trained to detect the ink on currency notes. In the effort of cracking down on tax evasion and cash smuggling, the Guardia di Finanza works with highly trained dogs in outposts along its borders with Switzerland and France, and in international airports such as Rome Fiumicino and Milano Malpensa.
In Italy, the law allows to travel with up to 10,000 euros in cash. Beyond that, one must declare to the authorities.
In 2012, the Guardia di Finanza of the borders with Chiasso in Switzerland have intercepted more than 55 million euros not declared. In 2013, until September 31st, they have intercepted more than 92 million euros. The Guardia di Finanza of the Chiasso outpost has been using cash dogs since 2010.
- ©2013 Gianni Cipriano
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