OVER €30,000 in cash seized at a house in Garryowen three years ago as part of an investigation into a drug dealer has been forfeited to the state after nobody came forward to claim the money.
Garda Declan O’Halloran told Limerick District Court that a total of €33,000 had been found at the home occupied by Maureen McManus at Downey Avenue on June 3, 2010, after the property was searched under warrant.
The search operation, Garda O’Halloran outlined, formed “part of an investigation into a Garryowen drug dealer”.
Ms McManus, 34, was arrested on suspicion of a money laundering offence at the time but the Director of Public Prosecutions had ultimately decided there would be no prosecution, Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told.
The seized cash had been used as an exhibit in a criminal case until recently and Sgt Donal Cronin, Henry Street garda station, told the judge that gardai were now applying under the provisions of the Police Property Act to have the sum forfeited to the state.
Garda O’Halloran said he had personally made Ms McManus aware that the application was going to be made before the court.
But neither she nor any other party had made a claim on the cash, Garda O’Halloran said.
It was the state’s belief that the money was the proceeds of criminal activity.
Judge O’Kelly granted to order sought in forfeiting the money to the state.