More than 250,000 euros in cash and 338 gold coins were confiscated from an Austrian passenger upon arrival at Genoa airport. The man had tried to evade customs and foreign exchange controls. However, the money was discovered by “Babol”, a shepherd dog from the financial police, authorities said on Wednesday. The gold coins are worth around 360,000 euros.

The cash was euros, Swiss francs and US dollars – hidden in hand luggage. With a total value of 610,000 euros, this is the largest such confiscation at Genoa airport.

The public prosecutor’s office launched an investigation. The man, whose exact origins in Austria were not disclosed, said he was a coin collector. He faces a fine of up to 50 percent of the confiscated amount.

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