Laois man held in connection with €3.7m cash seizure in Kerry

A 46-year-old man arrested in Kerry in connection with the garda investigation in which €3.7 million in cash was seized at a house outside Lisselton last week was remanded in custody to appear before Tralee District Court today (Wednesday).

Darren Hoey with an address at Oak Drive, Ballacollig, Mountmellick, County Laois, was brought before Fermoy District Court last Friday when he was charged with two offences following the seizure of almost €3.7million by gardaí.

Mr Hoey was charged with possessing €3million in cash, knowing, believing, or being reckless as to whether it was the proceeds of crime at Farranstack, Lisselton, County Kerry on September 30, 2020.

Mr Hoey was also charged with possessing €694,845 in cash, knowing, believing, or being reckless as to whether it was the proceeds of crime at Oak Drive, Ballacollig, Mountmellick, County Laois, also on September 30 2020.

Detective Garda Liam Brennan of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau gave evidence of arresting Mr Hoey at Tralee Garda Station at 3.35pm for the purpose of charging him with the two offences.

He gave evidence of how the accused made no reply to either of the two charges, which are contrary to the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act) 2010.

Defence solicitor Kieran O’Keeffe explained that his client was not making an application for bail at this point and was consenting to a remand in custody, without prejudice to any future bail application.

Mr O’Keeffe said that Mr Hoey was also reserving his position with regard to making any application for free legal aid in respect of the two charges, and Judge Brian Sheridan noted Mr O’Keeffe’s submissions.

Inspector Tony Sullivan applied to have Mr Hoey remanded in custody to appear again at Tralee District Court on October 7.

Judge Sheridan granted the application and remanded him in Cork Prison to appear in Tralee on that date.

Mr Hoey, who was dressed in a black sweatshirt, dark blue jeans and grey runners and wore a COVID face-mask in court, did not speak other than to confirm his identity during the brief hearing.

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