Cash, Rolex watch and documents seized in seven CAB raids targeting Kinahan cartel
The Criminal Assets Bureau has carried out seven searches this morning as part of an operation targeting alleged members of an organised crime gang linked to the international Kinahan cartel.
The targets are believed by gardai to be associates of Liam Byrne, who is Kinahan's right hand man in Dublin.
Officers seized documentation mainly in connection with the purchase of property and land, which they believe were bought with the proceeds of crime by their targets.
They also took possession of €28,000 in cash, which they found in the attic of a house in City West, and also seized were two watches, including a Rolex as well as mobile phones and electronic devices.
Searches were also carried out at a house and two other properties outside Kill, Co Kildare, and at an accountancy practice in west Wicklow.
The three prime targets are all well known to gardai and have previous criminal convictions, connected to gangland activity.
Officers from CAB were backed up in the operation by members of the Garda emergency response unit, the armed support unit, dog unit and mounted unit.
Officers said the main aim of the searches was to seize documentation relating to the investment of crime proceeds in property and land and these would now be forensically examined by experts.
This morning's operation is the latest in a series of strikes by CAB and the national garda units against the Kinahans and their associates in the Byrne OCG (organised crime gang) and other linked gangs.