Tuesday 23 April 2019

Organised crime crackdown as police seize more than 100 cars in Limerick

Officers have targeted a gang involved in the sale and supply of controlled drugs.

Garda said the seizure is a major blow to organised criminals in Limerick (PA)
Garda said the seizure is a major blow to organised criminals in Limerick (PA)

By Aoife Moore, Press Association

Gardai have seized more than 100 vehicles after targeting the assets of an organised crime gang in Limerick.

Two houses, two business premises, car sales outlets and four offices – including those of a solicitor, accountant and a financial advisory service – were searched.

A total of 115 vehicles, 43,000 euro (£36,628) and £1,000 in cash and a Rolex watch were seized.

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

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Officers conducted searches in counties Limerick, Tipperary and Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

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

The Criminal Assets Bureau with the assistance of the Garda Emergency Response Unit, the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, the Garda Stolen Motor Vehicle Investigation Unit, the Garda Technical Bureau and the Garda Dog Unit conducted a search operation.

No arrests have been made.

Eight searches were conducted in counties Limerick, Tipperary and Dublin.

Gardai say the 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.

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