CAB operation targets Limerick criminal gang

CAB operation targets Limerick criminal gang

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Some of the seized vehicles being driven away this morning.

Update:

1.30pm – The Garda Press Office has further confirmed:

In total, eight (8) searches were conducted in counties, Limerick, Tipperary and Dublin.

Two (2) Residential Premises, Two (2) Business Premises (Car Sales Outlets) and four (4) Professional Premises (Solicitors, Accountant, and a Finance Company) were searched.

The operation is ongoing but the following has been seized so far:

  • 115  Vehicles
  •  €43,000 euro and £1,000 cash
  • 1 Rolex watch

Documentation in relation to the ownership of assets, financial documentation, mobile phones and electronic storage devices were seized and are currently being examined by Bureau Officers.

The CAB investigation centres on an Organised Crime Gang involved in the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Limerick City and County areas, and who suspected of being involved in laundering the proceeds of their criminal conduct through a Car Sales Outlet in Limerick City.

A Bank Account held by one Car Sales Business was restrained by a Court Order, pursuant to Section 17(2) of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act, 2010.

No arrests were made.

A spokesman confirmed: “Today’s search operation is a significant development in the CAB investigation and will be seen as a major upset to Organised Criminal activity in the Limerick City and County areas.”

Earlier: A car dealership in Limerick City was among a number of premises raided in a Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) led operation this morning.

CAB was assisted by the Garda Emergency Response Unit (ERU), the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB), the Garda Stolen Motor Vehicle Investigation Unit (SMVIU), the Garda Technical Bureau and the Garda Dog Unit.

Officers carried out an early morning search operation as part of ongoing efforts targeting the assets and activities of an organised crime gang based in the Limerick City and County areas.

Searches are also being conducted in counties, Limerick, Tipperary and Dublin.

The CAB investigation centres on an organised crime gang involved in the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Limerick City and County areas, and who are laundering the proceeds of their criminal conduct through a car sales outlet in Limerick City.

A number of vehicles, including high value cars, were removed from the premises on the outskirts of the city while others are still being taken away.

The Garda Press Office confirmed: “The search operation is currently ongoing and no further details are available.”

Gardaí assisted the Criminal Assets Bureau with this mornings operation in Limerick City.

 

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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