Catherine Dawson, you Deserve all you get from the Sentencing Judge in March, too many Drug Mules in Drogheda and beyond….

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Irish woman admits having more than €600,000 in organised crime cash in car

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Irish woman admits having more than €600,000 in organised crime cash in car

A woman today admitted having more than €600,000 in organised crime cash in her car.

Catherine Dawson, 44, was arrested when her vehicle was stopped in Drogheda, Co Louth, by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau on May 11.

The non-jury Special Criminal Court heard officers found two bags containing notes in vacuum-packed bundles.

Dawson, of Bataghstown Wood, Bettystown, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing the proceeds of criminal conduct.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, sitting with Judge Gerard Griffin and Judge Flann Brennan, remanded her on continuing bail until March 24, for a sentencing.

The court when officers intercepted her on Donore Road, she had a blue Nike bag containing €289,770 and £65,025 (€70,207) in cash, and a black bag containing €254,840 in cash.

Defence counsel Caroline Biggs requested a psychological report be prepared on behalf of her client and this was granted by the court.

Ms Beggs said: “She has no history of mental health issues but has been on anti-depressants as a consequence of these matters.”

Dawson’s partner Thomas Rooney, 41, also of Betaghstown Wood, Bettystown, was expected to be arraigned before the Special Criminal Court today.

However, his defence counsel James Dwyer asked the three-judge panel to adjourn his client’s arraignment date for eight weeks as he [Mr Rooney] wanted to consider his position.

Prosecutor Garret Baker said eight weeks seemed “somewhat excessive”.a man standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: 20/01/21 Catherine Dawson (44), and Thomas Rooney (41), both of Betaghstown Wood, Bettystown, Co, Meath, leaving court© Collins Photo Agency 20/01/21 Catherine Dawson (44), and Thomas Rooney (41), both of Betaghstown Wood, Bettystown, Co, Meath, leaving court 

Mr Justice Hunt remanded Rooney on continuing bail until March 1 and said this was more than sufficient time for “decisions to be made”.

He added: “The maximum benefit of a plea comes from an early one.”

Rooney is also charged with possessing the proceeds of crime at a car park on Donore Road, Drogheda.

It is alleged he was in possession of €289,770 and £65,025 (€70,207) in cash in a blue holdall bag.

Rooney is also charged with possession of the proceeds of criminal conduct, having €254,840 in cash in a holdall bag on the same occasion.

He is further charged with possession of the proceeds of criminal conduct, having €7,650 in cash at North Road, Drogheda on May 11, 2020.

Rooney and Dawson were arrested on suspicion of enhancing the ability of an organised crime gang to commit a serious offence.

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