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Darren Hoey is charged with engaging in the possession of property that was the proceeds of criminal conduct

Darren Hoey is charged with engaging in the possession of property that was the proceeds of criminal conduct

Darren Hoey is charged with engaging in the possession of property that was the proceeds of criminal conduct

A man was charged with handling the proceeds of crime following a Garda operation which resulted in the seizure of almost €4m in cash in Kerry and Laois.

The seizure ranks as the largest one-off cash haul by gardaí in history.

Darren Hoey (46) appeared before a special sitting of Fermoy District Court.

Mr Hoey, with an address at Oak Drive, Ballacollig, Mountmellick, Co Laois, was charged with two counts contrary to the Criminal Justice-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act, 2010.

He is charged with engaging in the possession of property that was the proceeds of criminal conduct, namely €3m in cash, at Farranstack, Lisselton, Co Kerry on September 30.

The charge was brought contrary to Section 7 (1) A of the Criminal Justice-Money Laundering Act.

He faces a second similar charge of engaging in the possession of property that was the proceeds of criminal conduct, namely €694,845 in cash, at Ballacollig, Mountmellick, Co Laois, on September 30.

Evidence of arrest, caution and charge was given by Detective Sergeant Liam Brennan of the Garda National Drug and Organised Crime Unit. He said that when both charges were formally put to the defendant at Tralee garda station he made no reply. Defence solicitor Kieran O'Keeffe confirmed to the court that there would be no bail application at the current time. He also indicated that the issue of free legal aid would be dealt with at the next court sitting.

Judge Brian Sheridan was told by Inspector Tony O'Sullivan that gardaí were applying for the defendant to be remanded in custody to appear again before Tralee District Court next week.

Judge Sheridan granted the order and remanded the defendant to appear again at 10.30am on October 7 in Tralee.

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The defendant did not speak during the hearing beyond confirming his identity.


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