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Airport cop who works as model stopped trying to fly from Dublin with €570k cash

NewsBy Patrick O'Connell
Adams (left) is confronted by our man
Adams (left) is confronted by our man

This is the airport police officer and part-time model who had €570,000 in cash seized from him, under Proceeds of Crime Legislation, as he prepared to board a flight from Dublin Airport to Brussels.

Mark Andrew Adams (36), who is well known on Dublin’s celebrity circuit and comes from Malahide in the county, yesterday said that the matter is now in the hands of his legal team.

Adams is currently on a leave of absence from his position with the Airport Police as he pursues his modelling career.

He returned to his Malahide home shortly after 12pm yesterday.

Speaking for the first time since the seizure, Adams told the Sunday World: “I can’t actually talk to anyone at the moment.

“My solicitor is dealing with it. You’ll have to contact him. I can’t talk to anyone.”

He refused to comment when asked if the cash belonged to him or if he had been transporting for a third party.

The Sunday World understands Revenue officials moved in on Adams shortly after he arrived in Dublin Airport in what was described later as “an intelligence led operation”.

Adams, who has worked with several leading Irish modelling agencies, lists his modelling awards on his Facebook site.

These include the Stellar Magazine Bachelor of the Year and Best New TV Presenter of the Year.

Facebook photos of the in-demand model show he travelled to the Conor McGregor-Chad Mendes fight in Las Vegas in July, while others show him relaxing in Marbella the same month.

In January 2012 Adams was linked romantically with Wonderland singer Sharon Condon.

Adams modelling

In an interview that month she said she was smitten with the Compton model after acting out sexy scenes in the music video for her debut single Love’s Leaving.

“Yes I’m smitten,” she said.

“I wasn’t expecting for this to happen, my career is my main focus right now but I can’t help how I feel.

“I have known Mark for a while but something just clicked when we shot the video together.

“It’s early days yet but he is just the nicest guy and so romantic. I’m looking forward to Valentine’s Day that’s for sure,” she laughed.

According to Revenue officials, the cash seizure was the largest to date this year.

Adams – who worked with the Airport Police for 14 years – was questioned at the airport for several hours by Revenue officials before being released.

The Dublin Airport Authority said that it had no comment to make in relation to the matter. 

The cash was seized under the Proceeds of Crime legislation.

Adams with Sharon

It will be transferred into State coffers permanently if Adams cannot account for its origins and legitimacy fully when the matters come before the courts again in coming months.

Revenue officers were granted a three-month detention order by Judge John Coughlan in the Criminal Courts of Justice in order for Revenue to carry out further investigations.

Friday’s cash seizure is the second six-figure sum seized by Revenue in the past three months.

In July, Revenue’s Customs officers described the seizure of €288,000 at Dublin Port as one of the largest cash seizures in the history of the State. 

The money, in two consignments, was found in a refrigerated truck and a car at Dublin Port.

On that occasion Revenue also applied to the court for three-month detention orders, which were granted by Judge John Coghlan.