Former model accused of 'concealing' 180,000 Euro in luggage at Belfast International Airport has matter sent to Antrim Crown Court

Former model accused of 'concealing' 180,000 Euro in luggage at Belfast International Airport has matter sent to Antrim Crown Court

A FORMER model accused of concealing 180,550 Euro in hand luggage at Belfast International Airport whilst allegedly 'knowing or suspecting it to be criminal property' has had the matter sent to Antrim Crown Court.

Mark Adams (42), of Castleheath, Malahide, Dublin, is charged in relation to May 9, 2018.

He is also charged with attempting to remove the cash from Northern Ireland on the same date.

The defendant is further accused of entering into or becoming concerned in an arrangement, 'namely the removal of criminal property from Northern Ireland, knowing or suspecting that this arrangement would facilitate the retention, use or control of such criminal property by persons unknown' between May 2013 and May, 2018.

The defendant appeared at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, on Tuesday via video link from Maghaberry Prison.

During a Preliminary Enquiry - the legal step to send a case to the Crown Court - the defendant said he had no objection to holding of a PE.

A prosecutor submitted on the basis of the papers before the court there was a case to answer.

A defence lawyer had no contrary submissions.

The defendant confirmed he was aware of the charges and when asked if he wished to say anything in answer to the charges he replied "no".

The defendant was remanded in continuing custody and the case was sent to Antrim Crown Court on December 21.

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