FOUR men face 14 years in prison after they were charged with money laundering following a major Garda operation.
The defendant appeared before Blanchardstown District Court today, where detectives this week are said to have seized nearly 600,000 euros following a series of raids.
Brian Grendon, 44, from Rowlagh Park, Clondalkin, Joseph Reel, 34, from Traynor Crescent, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, John Mills, 37, from Ashley Hall, Lucan, and Declan McDonald, 34, from Harelawn Drive, Clondalkin, were arrested on Wednesday as part of an intelligence operation conducted by An Garda Siochana nation Drug and organized Crime Office.
Grendon, Mills and McDonald’s were all detained on bail, while no bail objections were made on Reel’s behalf.
All four were charged under the Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism Act.
Garda Niamh Shelley said to court she arrested Grendon at 11:13pm last night and charged him with a crime at 12:07pm.
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He did not reply after being cautious.
Garda Shelley said she opposes bail because of the seriousness of the offence.
She told the alleged court that Gardai misappropriated €27,950 in various packages and envelopes in a plastic bag hidden in a closet at Grendon’s home.
Judge David McHugh said he would agree to bail the defendant if a cash payment of 5,000 euros was made.
He also asked to show his passport and which he signed daily at Ronanstown Garda station, that he resided in Rowlagh Park and that he provided Gardai with a cell phone number to contact him within 24 hours.
Judge McHugh said: “I have listened to what you have to say Garda but I think it would be appropriate to release bail in this case.”
He adjourned the case until April 21, 2022, before Cloverhill County Court.
Sergeant Leo Clayton told the court he arrested McDonald’s at 11:13pm at Clondalkin Garda station and charged him at 11:50pm. He did not reply after being cautious.
Objecting to bail, the official said there were allegations that in his home, Gardai found a suitcase containing €432,505 in cash and a separate plastic bag under the bed containing €27,950.
In total the police seized €460,455 in cash in his home. They also found two vacuum sealers and different vacuum packaging bags in the house.
If convicted, he will face a maximum sentence of 14 years, the court has announced. The official said the alleged violations were at “the highest end of the scale”.
Sergeant Clayton agrees that he did not pay attention to Garda while on bail and he tells them that the cash does not belong to him.
The court ruled that his family lived on social welfare and had “no wealth traps”.
Judge McHugh said the defendant had a constitutional right to bail but had imposed strict conditions, including the payment of 10,000 euros in cash.
If he is released on bail, Judge McHugh said he must reside at Harerise Drive and surrender his passport. He has to check in daily at Ronanstown Garda station.
He adjourned the case in Cloverhill County Court on January 27, 2022.
Garda Susan Plunkett told the court that Mills was arrested at 11:37 p.m. last night. He did not respond after he was charged.
The official objected to bail because of the seriousness of the charge after the court heard Gardai seized 91,000 euros when they searched his home.
Garda Plunkett agrees that he has always lived in Dublin and has 4 kids from 11 months to 18 years old and he has submitted his passport.
Judge McHugh granted bail if he paid a €5,000 cash deposit, resided at Ashley Hall and registered at Clondalkin Garda Station three days a week. He also had to provide Gardai’s cell phone number.
Garda Detective Liam Ahern told the court that Reel was arrested at 11:11pm last night at Blanchardstown Garda Station and charged at 11:34pm. The court said he did not respond after caution.
Judge McHugh was told there would be no objection to his bail at this time and adjourned the case until January 26, 2022, in Cloverhill County Court.
He sent all the files to DPP directions and ordered the three men who had been given bail not to be linked.
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