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AFIP dog detects US$86,500 hidden in car

Agents working for the Federal Public Incomes Administration (AFIP), with a little help from Larishka the dog, found 86,500 dollars hidden by an Argentine who was trying to leave the country for Uruguay.

The passenger was carrying US$6500 in a holdall and was about to leave the Buquebus ferry terminal in Buenos Aires for Colonia, on the other side of the Río de la Plata, when Larishka turned her attention towards the car engine.

AFIP agents followed up the dog's hint, and discovered a further US$80,000 in the vehicle's air filter, just 15 minutes before the boat was due to leave the terminal.

As a result, the revenue agency suspended the passenger's CUIT (self-employed status) tax number, prepared a Suspicious Operation Report for the Financial Irregularities Unit and requested data from Uruguayan authorities, to determine if the suspect held investments or deposits in the neighbouring country that had not been declared.

AFIP chief Ricardo Echegaray was responsible for setting up the Canine Training and Instruction Centre in Boulogne, Buenos Aires province. The agency has more than 300 dogs trained to detect drugs, illicit money and recover missing persons.
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