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criminal fixers 'High level' gang member Jason Reed part of a network linked to jailed haulier Thomas Maher

Reed who is to be sentenced on Monday pleaded guilty to laundering and possessing the proceeds of crime after he was nabbed with cash totalling almost €400,000

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Jason Reed pictured at the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photo: Collins Courts

Jason Reed pictured at the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photo: Collins Courts

Jason Reed pictured at the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photo: Collins Courts

Money launderer Jason Reed was part of a network of criminal fixers linked to jailed haulier Thomas Maher nabbed following the Encrochat phone hack in the UK.

Reed who is to be sentenced on Monday pleaded guilty to laundering and possessing the proceeds of crime after he was nabbed with cash totalling almost €400,000.

Gardai believe he was part of a network of facilitators who helped Maher get money back out of Ireland and into the hands of criminals.

The Special Criminal Court heard he volunteered on a soup run charity and was a family man.

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Jason Reed pictured at the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photo: Collins Courts

Jason Reed pictured at the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photo: Collins Courts

Jason Reed pictured at the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photo: Collins Courts

He was arrested along with 44 year old healthcare worker Catherine Dawson who has already pleaded guilty in relation to the operation by the Garda’s Drug and Organised Crime Bureau who intercepted a number of vehicles in Drogheda on May 11th last year.

Gardai were operating in tandem with officers from the NCA who were investigating Maher, now serving 14 years in prison for his role in transporting cocaine from the Netherlands to Ireland via the UK and laundering cash when they staged the arrests.

The joint investigation found that Maher had arranged for the movement of cash that was seized out of Ireland. It was vacuum packed when it was discovered by officers here.

Gardai believe that Reed was his main man in Ireland.

Maher had been targeted by UK cops acting on foot of the Encrochat information they received via Europol.

They informed Gardai that the money was to be moved in one of the few operations that happened here related to phones compromised during the hack.

Reed has pleaded guilty to laundering and possessing the cash which was found in a Nike bag totalling €289,770 and stg 65,025.

The 40 year old from Dunshaughlin in County Meath was found with an encrypted Aquarius phone and five luxury Rolex watches when a number of premises were searched in follow up operations despite having no source of income.

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A total of €32,330 and stg 390 was found in his home while the rest of the cash was found at a car park on the Donore Road.

Detective Sergeant Adrian Mulligan of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau told the Special Criminal Court this week that Reed was central to a transnational investigation and that his home was put under surveillance.

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Thomas Maher

Thomas Maher

Thomas Maher

The Detective told the court that Reed had been followed by Gardai when he left his home on may 11th, 2021 and watched while he went to a Spar shop car park and met the driver of a black Mercedes who is still before the courts.

Reed was seen passing the driver of the car an envelope before returning to his own car.

He then interacted with Dawson, passing her a blue duffle bag before all three left the car park.

Dawson received a suspended sentence for her role in transporting €600,000.

All three vehicles were stopped by undercover officers and seized the bag which was closed with a padlock and contained the vacuum packed currency.

When Reed was arrested and his car searched it was found to have been adapted with false compartments. A warrant was then obtained for a follow up search of his house and a mobile home.

During the search a vacuum bag packer was discovered in his living room and further cash in a bedroom locker.

The watches, valued at over €50,000 were also discovered. Another watch and more cash was found in the mobile located at Riverchapel in Courtown.

Detective Mulligan said Reed had a partner and three children and hadn’t paid PRSI since 2008.

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