Law-enforcement technologyCash-sniffing dog comes through at Philadelphia airport

Published 9 December 2010

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection employs a small number of currency-sniffing dogs; Nina, the currency-sniffing canine working at the Philadelphia International Airport, last Friday sniffed out a woman heading to Jamaica with $41,500 in her checked luggage

There are explosive-sniffing dogs, drugs-sniffing dogs, cadaver-sniffing dogs — and now there are cash-sniffing dogs.

Nina, the currency-sniffing dog, sniffed out a bonanza last Friday at Philadelphia International Airport — $41,500 in the checked luggage of a passenger bound for Jamaica. The money was concealed in the suitcase liner, Stephen Sapp, a spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, said.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports that that was in addition to $1,802 in the carry-on bag of the woman, a U.S. citizen, who was headed to the Caribbean. The woman had declared that she was carrying $5,000, Sapp said. The woman abandoned the $43,302 and was released, he said. There is no limit to how much currency travelers can carry into or out of the country, but they must declare amounts exceeding $10,000.