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Two men and a woman have been sent forward to the Special Criminal Court for trial after more than €550,000 in cash was seized following searches of cars in Drogheda and properties in the north-east.

Jason Reed (39) and Thomas Rooney (41) and his partner Catherine Dawson (44) were arrested on suspicion of enhancing the ability of an organised crime gang to commit a serious offence last May 11.

Proceeds

All three are charged with money laundering and possessing the proceeds of crime at a car park on Donore Road, Drogheda.

It is alleged they were in possession of €289,770 in euro and £62,025 (€70,207) in cash in a blue Nike bag.

Dawson and Rooney, of Betaghstown Wood, Bettystown, Co Meath, are also charged with being in possession of the proceeds of criminal conduct, having €245,840 in cash in a bag on the same date.

Reed, of Maelduin, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, is charged with money laundering at his home address after €32,330 and £390 (€441) were allegedly found there.

The three appeared before Judge Eirinn McKiernan at Drogheda District Court on Friday, when they were served with books of evidence before being sent forward on indictment to a sitting of the three-judge non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Judge McKiernan told all three they have 14 days to notify the State if they intend to use an alibi in their defence.

A member of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) told the court the DPP consented to the three being sent forward on indictment to the Special Criminal Court.

He said the DPP has certified the non-schedule offences are appropriate to that court.

Gardaí carrying out investigations into serious crime intercepted a number of vehicles on the Donore Road and North Road areas of Drogheda at around 6pm last May 11.

A number of follow-up searches were carried out and a substantial quantity of cash was found and seized.

Holiday

All three were remanded on continuing bail subject to strict conditions to appear before a sitting of the Special Criminal Court.

Bail conditions were varied for Rooney and Dawson to allow them to travel for a holiday on dates between December 23 and December 30.

The solicitor for all three accused was assigned one senior counsel and one junior counsel due to the seriousness of the charges


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