A British government official says a ship carrying about $160 million worth of Libyan currency has been impounded after unsuccessfully trying to dock in Tripoli.
The official said Friday that the ship returned to Britain and was escorted by a Border Agency cutter to the port of Harwich in eastern England.
A number of containers full of currency have been moved from the ship to a secure location.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak on the record.
She declined to comment on where the currency came from, although the U.K. is home to international printer De La Rue PLC, which produces over 150 national currencies.
Britain has banned the unlicensed export of Libyan banknotes in line with U.N. sanctions.