CAB freezes €312k in accounts linked to 'The Family' drug gang
The Criminal Assets Bureau has frozen €312,000 in several bank accounts after a large operation against suspected associates of a major drug trafficking gang.
Officers have raided 20 targeted premises including five garages and nine homes in west Dublin and visited three others by agreement.
CAB secured a court order to freeze what is believed to be the proceeds of crime in the bank accounts.
Officers also recovered more than €65,000 in cash, some of it in sterling, 21 cars, a dozen high value watches and a quantity of illegal growth hormones during the searches.
A large volume of documentation and computer records were also confiscated and taken away for detailed examination.
The searches were concentrated on the Clondalkin and Ronanstown areas of west Dublin and parts of south Dublin and the south inner city.
The searches were launched in the early morning and continued throughout the day as the operation was extended.
The main targets of the operation are suspected members of groups, who are concealing cash and providing logistical support to a gang known as The Family.
Gardai say the The Family is one of the biggest drug importation and distribution gangs in the capital and it has also had links in the past to the Kinahan cartel.
Members of the CAB were backed up in the searched by the heavily armed Emergency Response Unit, the Special Crime Task Force, the Armed Response Unit and local gardai from three Dublin divisions, West, South and South Central.
Five car dealerships were raided and another three visited by officers while the offices of six professional firms and nine homes were also searched.
A similar operation against the heroin dealing gang was carried out last year when a total of 46 vehicles, including luxury cars and worth overall an estimated €1.1m, were seized along a large amount of documentation and electronic equipment.
Some of The Family gang are also believed to be heavily involved in cocaine and crack cocaine distribution and have links to the drugs scene in Spain.
Car showrooms and the offices of solicitors and accountants were searched at the time.
The CAB believes that some of those accused of providing logistical support to the gang are presenting legitimate fronts for the drug dealers, allowing them to launder the huge sums they net from trafficking.