By Alison O’Riordan
A mother-of-one and a Dublin bus driver have been jailed for laundering tens of thousands of euro allegedly linked to the criminal drugs trade.
Lawyers for Tanya Breen (30) and Laurence Keane (42) told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that their clients were asked to the move the cash by people whose “modus operandi” was to use people who had not come to garda attention.
The court heard that on February 11, 2020 gardai carrying out surveillance of Breen’s home at Colepark Green, Ballyfermot followed her driving to a Maxol filling station on the Longmile Road.
Breen parked up beside a Kia Sportage car, which was occupied by Keane, a bus driver from Galtymore Road, Drimnagh. Breen went around the side of her car and took out a paper bag, which she handed to Keane.
Gardai then moved in and arrested the pair. They found a bag containing bundles of cash in the footwell of the Kia Sportage. In a follow up search of Breen’s home gardai found a further €63,550 in cash, including €3,000 inside a jacket, Detective Garda Mark Berigan told Grainne O’Neill BL, prosecuting.
Both accused subsequently pleaded guilty to possession of €59,710 in cash, which was the proceeds of crime, at Maxol Service Station on the Longmile Road, Dublin, on February 11, 2020.
Judge Elma Sheahan said the defendants were willing to put their good character on the line for either €500, if Breen is to be believed, or for €100 or €200, if Keane is believed.
She sentenced Breen to three-and-a-half years imprisonment and Keane to two and a half years, but suspended the final six months of each sentence on condition they keep the peace for 12 months post release.
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