Updated: 24/01/17 : 07:28:29
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Three for court on human-trafficking charges at Dublin Airport

Three men will appear in court later after an alleged human-trafficking operation was detected at Dublin Airport.

Gardai believe two of the men - who are Aer Lingus staff members - were trying to help a third man enter the country without passing through immigration.

The three - aged 28, 56 and 61 - are currently being held at Ballymun, Swords and Coolock Garda stations.

Gardaí say they will appear before Dublin District Court this morning, charged in connection with immigration offences.

Gardaí are investigating suggestions that perhaps 80-100 people could have been smuggled through the airport each year and that the scam could have been going on for years.

Estimates suggest that between €10,000 and €30,000 could be paid by each person being smuggled.

While searches were continuing yesterday on premises and vehicles, detectives are investigating if other staff at Dublin Airport, in addition to the two arrested, may be involved.