Businessman charged after €1.2m in cash found in car at random rural garda checkpoint
'This was an incredible find because it was so random and unexpected'
A businessman will appear in court on Sunday morning charged in connection with the discovery of €1.2m in cash, believed to belong to the Kinahan crime cartel.
The man, aged in his 50s, was arrested by gardaí during a routine checkpoint carried out in Carlow on Friday as part of Operation Thor.
Gardaí stopped the car shortly before 8pm at Ballyvergal.
During the course of a search, Gardaí discovered a large quantity of cash, amounting to approximately €1.2 million, a garda spokeswoman said.
The man was arrested on suspicion of committing an offence under the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing) Act, 2010.
This evening gardaí confirmed that the man is scheduled to appear before a special sitting of Kilkenny District Court on Sunday morning charged in connection with the incident.
Detectives believe the cash seized belonged to the Kinahan crime cartel and was the proceeds of drug trafficking.
The cash was packaged to send to gang members based in Spain.
Independent.ie can reveal that it was a random checkpoint rather than a targeted operation. Gardaí had no prior knowledge or intelligence that this man was travelling with that sum of cash in his car or that he was connected to the Kinahan cartel.
A senior source said: "This was an incredible find because it was so random and unexpected. It is a significant blow against money laundering."
The man is currently detained under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984, as amended at Carlow Garda Station.