Dublin Airport worker found guilty of smuggling immigrants dubs crime a 'Mickey Mouse' operation
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Dublin Airport worker found guilty of smuggling immigrants dubs crime a 'Mickey Mouse' operation

A GROUND HANDLER working in Dublin Airport for 15 years has been charged of smuggling immigrants into the country.

Cham, 63, was accused of smuggling 7 illegal immigrants into Ireland and pleaded guilty to charges of receiving money as proceeds of the crime and for allowing the entrance of immigrants into the State.

Cham, working with another colleague for Aer Lingus collected their arrivals and used their staff swipe cards to pass passport control in the airport.

Foreign nationals imported through the process would be issued high-vis Aer Lingus jackets and be transported in a catering vehicle, going through a staff turnstile at a hangar to enter the Irish state.

The process would begin with Cham and his accomplice receiving a text from an individual in Madrid, confirming the next person to enter Dublin Airport.

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He described it as a "Mickey Mouse" operation despite earning more than 2,000 euro per person smuggled into the Irish state.

According to The Journal, Cham described his workings as a small operation: "Tell a little rat there’s a hole there, out you go, it’s not a criminal enterprise".

Cham has been remanded in custody with sentencing due to take place tomorrow.