Thai woman arrested for money laundering suspicion at airport in Germany

Photo via Central Customs Authority in Germany

The Central Customs Authority in Germany reported the arrest of a Thai woman at Frankfurt Airport on suspicion of money laundering. The woman is still being questioned by German authorities.

According to a report on the official German Customs Authority website, officers at the Frankfurt Airport security checkpoint detained the Thai woman, aged about 50, on suspicion of money laundering before she boarded a flight to an unnamed Bangkok airport on October 10.

Officers searched her luggage and handbag and discovered two empty purses and later found 101,119 euros (3.9 million baht), hidden inside the lining of the purses.

The woman is suspected of laundering money for an illegal business and remains in police custody for questioning. The reported interrogation has not yet been made public.

According to local law, travellers from outside the country who carry more than 10,000 euros in cash must declare it to officials at the airport. In essence, even if the woman manages to prove her innocence, she would still be charged with violating the money laundering law.

Last year, a Thai TikToker, Starwin “Sung” Narkthongphet, was detained at Singapore’s Changi Airport for failing to declare to the authorities the cash he was carrying.

Sung was carrying cash over the limited amount of 20,000 Singapore dollars, or approximately 500,000 baht, to satisfy a prank with a group of his friends. The prank backfired and he ended up getting into trouble. Fortunately, the authorities understood Sung’s prank story and he was released.

Sung admitted that he did not check the rules before the trip. Some followers found the issue funny, while others slammed Sung’s recklessness.

Thailand also restricts the amount of cash that can be carried on board. Travellers leaving Thailand are not allowed to carry more than 50,000 baht in Thai currency and 20,000 dollars in foreign currency.

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger who focuses on translating breakingThai news stories into English. With a background in field journalism, Petch brings several years of experience to the English News desk at The Thaiger. Before joining The Thaiger, Petch worked as a content writer for several known blogging sites in Bangkok, including Happio and The Smart Local. Her articles have been syndicated by many big publishers in Thailand and internationally, including the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Bangkok Post. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp! But during office hours, you can find Petch on LinkedIn and you can reach her by email at

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