Cash seized at home of Limerick criminal forfeited to State

David Hurley

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Cash seized at home of Limerick criminal forfeited to State

Vincent Collopy who is currently serving a lengthy prison sentence did not oppose the application

ALMOST €13,000 in cash which was seized at the home of a Limerick criminal has been forfeited to the State.

Making an application under the provisions of Section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act, John O’Sullivan BL said a total of €12,970 was seized during a search of a property at St Mary’s Park on May 14, 2015.

Detective Garda Anthony O’Driscoll said the money was seized during a major garda operation targeting the activities of suspected drug dealers in the city.

Judge Tom O’Donnell was told  the cash, which was divided into bundles of €1,000, was found in a drawer in a bedroom wardrobe at the house.

The owner of the house where the cash was seized – Vincent Collopy (38) – is currently serving a lengthy prison sentence which was imposed last summer after he admitted threatening to kill another man.

His brothers – Brian Collopy (45) and Kieran Collopy (42) – are also currently serving eight-year prison sentences for drugs offences.

Gardai who believe the cash is the proceeds of drug dealing were previously granted an order in the district court allowing them to retain it to facilitate their inquiries.

The application for the forfeiture of the money was not opposed by Mr Collopy while his mother-in-law, who was also a notice party to the application was not represented in court.

The judge refused an application for costs which was made by solicitor Sabina Hegerty who represented Mr Collopy during the brief hearing.