A former Dublin airport policeman thought to have laundered millions for criminal gangs has been jailed.
The National Crime Agency started an investigation into Mark Adams (42) – a former Dublin Airport policeman from Malahide – in May 2018 after he was stopped at Belfast International Airport before boarding a flight to Alicante.
Over 180,000 euros (£153,384) was found by Border Force in two folders in his hand luggage. Both had been disguised to look like they contained legally privileged documentation.
Adams had initially claimed he was going to a wedding, but checks by NCA investigators showed he was booked on a return flight just 80 minutes after he was due to touch down in Spain.
Further enquiries found that he had formally left his police job in February 2017 after a two-year career break, and that he had taken nearly 500 flights into or out of the UK in the preceding five years, often returning shortly after landing at his destination.
He was initially released on bail after his arrest but failed to return, prompting a European Arrest Warrant to be issued.
The reason for his disappearance soon emerged when Irish authorities charged him with four counts of money laundering, including one which saw him accused of trying to smuggle 500,000 euros (£425,849) out of Dublin Airport in 2015.
An Irish court later sentenced him to five years in prison.