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Thursday 23 March 2017

€49,000 cash seized in Europe-wide operation

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

A two-day cross-border operation at 28 European airports resulted in the seizure of €49,000 in cash in Dublin.

The money, which was recovered in three separate finds, is suspected of being the proceeds of crime.

The operation, codenamed Goodeye, was co-ordinated by international agencies Europol and Airpol and involved law enforcement authorities from 15 countries.

Overall, it resulted in the arrest of 10 couriers, the seizure of €1.25m in cash and four kilos of synthetic drugs.

The seizures at Dublin Airport were made by customs officers.

Using checks, known as passenger risk indicators, to detect couriers of illicit items, the officers stopped two passengers about to board a flight to Amsterdam and seized €15,000 and then €10,000.

The following day another passenger on a flight out-bound for Amsterdam declared €24,000 in cash. Officers said later that an offence had not been committed as the money had been declared and no further action was taken.

They believed the money was handed in as a result of customs activity.

Apart from Ireland, Goodeye also included agencies in Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Irish Independent

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