Money seized at Limerick flat is forfeited

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A JUDGE has ordered that more than €2,000 which was seized during a drugs search in the city more than five years ago should be forfeited to the state.

A JUDGE has ordered that more than €2,000 which was seized during a drugs search in the city more than five years ago should be forfeited to the state.

At Limerick Court, Insp Seamus Ruane (pictured) made a Police Property Application in relation to the money, which was seized by gardai during a search of an apartment on Upper Henry Street on August 11, 2007.

He said the money, which totals €2,300 in cash, has been in the custody of gardai since that date and that he was seeking a formal forfeiture order.

Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin was told a woman who was convicted and jailed for drugs offences relating to the search had previously applied to the court to have the money returned to her.

However, he said her application was refused by the court.

Judge Ni Chonduin granted the application for the forfeiture of the cash.

Meanwhile, separate applications were also granted by the judge for the forfeiture of a number of other items which have been in the possession of gardai for some time.

The property includes a pedal bike and four timber doors.

Making the applications, Insp Ruane said gardai had been unable to locate the legitimate owners of the property.

“Efforts have been made to locate the owners, without success,” said the inspector.