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27 Jun 2022

Man in court after arrest on human trafficking charges in Donegal

The man was granted bail following a brief appearance before Falcarragh District Court

Man in court after arrest on human trafficking charges in Donegal

Adriano Coelho Alves Peixoto. Photo: Joe Boland, North West Newspix

A 47-year-old man has been charged with people trafficking in County Donegal.

Adriano Coelho Alves Peixoto, a Brazilian with an address at Dunwiley Road, Stranorlar was granted bail under strict conditions when he appeared at Falcarragh District Court.

Gardaí from the Human Trafficking Investigation and Coordination Unit (HTICU) at the Garda National Protective Services Bureau (GNPSB) carried out an operation in Letterkenny on Monday.

The operation was related to an ongoing investigation into organised crime, human trafficking, organised prostitution, and money laundering.

Detective Garda Peter Breen of the Human Trafficking Investigation and Coordination Unit gave evidence of arrested Peixoto at Letterkenny Garda station on Jun 14th at 10.47pm.

Peixoto was charged at 11.36pm under the Illegal Immigrants (Trafficking) Act 2000.

The accused made no reply when charged.

No details of the alleged offences were given during the brief court appearance.

Detective Garda Breen asked the court to impose conditions on Peixoto’s bail.

Peixoto has to surrender his passport and not apply for any new travel documentation.

He is to sign on three times a week at Ballybofey Garda Station, be contactable on mobile telephone to Gardaí 24/7.

A Portuguese interpreter, who was present in the court, relayed the proceedings for Peixoto.

Mr Patsy Gallagher, solicitor for Peixoto, said his client would comply with the conditions.

Directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions is awaited in the case, which was adjourned to September 21, 2022. Peixoto was bailed on his own bond of €200 and legal aid was granted by Judge Éiteáin Cunningham

A further arrest took place on Wednesday morning and that individual remains in Garda Custody under the same legislation.

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