Wednesday 21 February 2018

Male model (36) stopped in Dublin Airport with €570k in cash

The arrest was made at Dublin Airport as the man was boarding a flight to Dubai
The arrest was made at Dublin Airport as the man was boarding a flight to Dubai

Kevin Doyle and Fiona Dillon

A MALE model was stopped with €570,000 cash in a bag as he prepared to board a flight from Dublin to Brussels.

Airport police swooped on the 36-year-old shortly after 7am yesterday in what was described as “an intelligence-led operation”.

Sources told the Irish Independent that the man had previously worked at the airport but left to pursue a modelling career.

He has worked as an occasion television presenter and is well-known on the Dublin celebrity circuit.

He was under surveillance from the time he arrived at the airport yesterday morning for an outbound flight to Belgium capital.

Revenue officials immediately made a court application to retain the cash while they investigate whether it is the proceeds of crime. Judge John Coughlan granted a three-month detention order for the money.

The model was questioned at the airport for several hours by Revenue officials before being released.

A spokesperson for Revenue said it was “the largest seizure of cash to date this year”.

The Dublin Airport Authority said that it had no comment to make in relation to the matter.

A source said that the model was “well-liked and popular” when he worked in a position of authority at the airport.

The Revenue investigation is ongoing.

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