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Arrests linked to brothels, thefts, welfare fraud

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Haul: Items seized by gardaí in the nine searches, including alcohol, electronic devices and €30,000 in cash

Haul: Items seized by gardaí in the nine searches, including alcohol, electronic devices and €30,000 in cash

Haul: Items seized by gardaí in the nine searches, including alcohol, electronic devices and €30,000 in cash

A Dublin-based crime gang heavily involved in organised prostitution and thefts, as well as internet and Covid-19 payment scams, was targeted by gardaí in a major search operation yesterday.

Five male Romanian criminals aged in their 20s and 30s were being quizzed last night after detectives seized documents, devices and €30,000 in cash during nine searches.

Properties including business units and residences in Malahide, Fairview and Blanchardstown were targeted by detectives from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, assisted by Romanian-speaking gardaí and gardaí seconded to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.