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Case adjourned Ex-model allegedly caught smuggling €180k crime cash is further remanded in custody

Mark Adams (42), of Castleheath, Malahide, Dublin, has been accused of concealing the money in hand luggage at Belfast International Airport on May 9, 2018.

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Mark Adams

A former airport policeman and model accused of trying to smuggle €180,550 of criminal cash out of Northern Ireland has been further remanded in custody. 

Mark Adams (42), of Castleheath, Malahide, Dublin, has been accused of concealing the money in hand luggage at Belfast International Airport whilst allegedly “knowing or suspecting it to be criminal property” on May 9, 2018.

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

He has been 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.

A defence barrister described the case as "not straightforward” and said there "a number of issues".

He said the defendant "was surrendered to this jurisdiction on foot of a European Arrest Warrant” and added that papers in the case are "voluminous".

He also sought to have certification for counsel in the case.

A European arrest warrant had been issued for Adams last January when he failed to attend court and that was executed last August when officers from An Gardai Siochanna brought him to the border and handed him over to the PSNI.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it had taken him around half an hour to read 77 pages and that the rest of the documents were exhibits about "different flights he has taken".

"That is part of the Crown case about his alleged modus operandi,” the judge added.

According to the judge, the case papers said the defendant was caught at the airport with about 180,000 Euro in "concealed envelopes in a bag".

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Judge Broderick said Adams did not seem to give much of an account "beyond that he is a model”.

“Adult entertainer, I think is referred to,” the judge added to which the defence lawyer replied that the defendant was "in the modelling industry at the time".

The defence barrister said the Prosecution was seeking to introduce "by way of hearsay application, evidence which is from outside the jurisdiction".

Judge Broderick said that was "not unusual".

The judge said he was not minded to certify for counsel in the case.

The case has been adjourned to November 23 when a Preliminary Enquiry - the legal step to send the matter to the Crown Court - is due to take place.

Adams had appeared on the RTÉ TV dating show One Night Stand in 2010.

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