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first_imgLetterkenny court.A religious pastor who had €840 seized by Gardai as part of an investigation into Human Trafficking claims the cash came from donations made by members of his church in Letterkenny.Nicolaie Cirpaci, applied to have the cash returned to him under the Garda Property Act at Letterkenny District Court today. The cash, as well as two passports and an identification card, were seized by Gardai during raids across Letterkenny in September last.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan said the raids were part of an overall investigation into Human Trafficking.Solicitor Kieran O’Gorman said his client was not involved in any aspect of Human Trafficking “in any way.”He said Cirpaci, of 2 Fortwell House, Letterkenny, is a pastor in the local Pentecostal Church in Letterkenny and that the money belonged to the church.He added that he could prove the money belonged to the church and that they would like the cash back before Christmas.He added that Mr Cirpaci and two other members of the church had attended Letterkenny Garda station on a number of occasions in a bid to get the items including the cash back.Inspector Sheridan said they had agreed to hand back the passports and the identification cards but were applying to withhold the cash as it is part of a criminal investigation.She added that a file on the overall investigation should be ready by the end of January 2016.Judge Paul Kelly gave an order for Gardai to hand back the two passports, which belonged to a ten year old child and a woman, and also an identification card.However he adjourned the case until December 14th next to allow Mr Cirpaci and the two other members of his church to speak with Gardai in Letterkenny.PASTOR CLAIMS CASH SEIZED IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING PROBE IS FROM HIS CONGREGATION was last modified: December 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cashCirpacidonegalGardahuman traffickingletterkennyseizedlast_img read more