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laundering case Former male model from Dublin charged on money laundering offences further remanded

Adams was handed over to Northern Irish authorities last month accused of concealing €180,550 in his hand luggage upon arrival at Belfast International Airport in May 2018

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Mark Adams (left) talks to reporter Patrick O'Connell

Mark Adams (left) talks to reporter Patrick O'Connell

Mark Adams (left) talks to reporter Patrick O'Connell

A former male model from Dublin who was handed over to Northern Irish authorities last month to face money laundering charges has been further remanded in custody accused of concealing €180,550 in his hand luggage upon arrival at Belfast International Airport in May 2018.

Appearing at Antrim Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ballymena via video link, Mark Adams (41), from Castleheath, Malahide, Dublin is accused of ‘knowing or suspecting it to be criminal property’, in terms of the money seized.

He is also 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 property by persons unknown.

In January a European Arrest Warrant was issued when Adams was released on bail and failed to return.

He was brought by Irish authorities to the border just south of Newry where he was subsequently picked up by officers from the National Crime Agency.

The case has been adjourned until mid-October.

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Some of the cash seized in Adams' luggage at Belfast International Airport

Some of the cash seized in Adams' luggage at Belfast International Airport

Some of the cash seized in Adams' luggage at Belfast International Airport

Adams had previously starred on an RTE dating show and nearly made it to Big Brother.

In 2010, the Malahide-native had a starring role in the RTE dating show One Night Stand.

He was among a group of sexy bachelors lined up to meet a trio of former Rose of Tralee beauties.

“I don’t know what to expect but I hope the girls won’t be too cruel,” he said back in 2010. “I suppose it’s too late to back out now. I think it’s a bit of a laugh and I’m single so I might as well try.”

Adams was signed to the John Compton model agency and two years before also tried to enter Big Brother.

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“When I went into hiding for two weeks beforehand, some model rang a national newspaper and I was dropped from the show,” he said at the time.

“I was in the Coronas’ last video and that’s when I really got comfortable in front of the camera.”

At the time, Adams claimed he had no time to find a girlfriend as he was working too hard.

“I can’t really go out anymore,” he complained.

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