On 7 September, El Pais in Spain reported that passengers declaring the funds at Barcelona airport say they are meant for relatives back home, but investigators suspect that criminal organisations may be using the route for money laundering. Statistics show that The Gambia is the top destination for all currency taken out of Spain. On one flight on 31 July, 15 passengers declared currency worth a collective €255,885. Under EU law, any passenger taking more than €10,000 in cash has the obligation to declare the money to customs, and in 2019, 2,179 Gambian passengers took €73.4 million out of Spain. The Gambia is said to be a high-risk country in terms of drug and medication smuggling, arms trafficking and illegal immigration.
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