€10,000 is forfeited to the State
The sum of €9,715 which was seized from a car in Camolin in 2006, was forfeited to the State at the Enniscorthy sitting of Gorey District Court last week, after its owner failed to come forward to claim it.
The application to forfeit the money under the Police Property Act was made by Sergeant Heffernan of Bunclody Garda Station against at person listed as 'unknown.'
Inspector Pat Cody told Judge Gerard Haughton that the money was seized by gardaí during a search of a car on Camolin's main street on December 14, 2006. Also in the car were quantities of cocaine, ecstasy, and cannabis. The driver, Keith Butler with a 2006 address given as Glendine, Ballinaneashagh, Waterford, was arrested and made certain admissions.
A file was prepared for the DPP, and charges of possession of drugs for sale or supply were recommended. However, the summons was returned marked 'gone away', Inspector Cody told the court. A European arrest warrant was later issued.
Then, on January 5, 2015, the accused was stopped at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, returning to Hong Kong. However, he wasn't arrested, and travelled on. Extradition procedures then commenced, but the DPP decided not to proceed for legal reasons.
Notice of the application to forfeit the money was served at the most recent address for the accused.
With no one in court to contest the application, Judge Gerard Haughton granted the forfeiture of the money to the State.