A Liverpool man has had €85,000 which was discovered in his luggage at Dublin Airport confiscated and forfeited to the State.
John Byrne BL, for Revenue, read from an affidavit of Custom and Excise officer Marian Conneally which stated that David Megann (51) was stopped after routine profiling at the departures area of Dublin Airport on November 10, 2011.
He admitted he had “a few bob” in his suitcase which he said he had packed himself. He had a one-way ticket to Malaga, Spain.
The suitcase was searched and €85,000 was found dispersed loosely among the clothes.
Megann with an address at Eaton Road, in Liverpool, told custom officers that he was helping a friend who owes money on a property in Benidorm.
He wouldn’t disclose who this person was or the source of the cash telling officers it was “a private matter”.
He said he was a self-employed builder and was “not familiar with traditional banking methods”.
Mr Byrne told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that there were “ample grounds” for the court to form the opinion that the cash represented the proceeds of crime.
He said the application by the State was uncontested and no one has made a personal claim for the money.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring granted the State application and ordered the cash should be seized and forfeited to the exchequer.