Friday 14 December 2018

Armed gardaí raid 20 premises in drugs probe

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Robin Schiller, Ken Foy and Tom Brady

Armed gardaí have raided more than 20 properties as part of a Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab) probe into a Dublin drug trafficking gang.

Officers from Cab, backed up by a number of national Garda units, carried out a number of raids in three separate counties as part of the investigation.

The target of the operation is a criminal gang based in the Cabra area of the capital.

This crime group is involved in drug trafficking and controls a large area across west Dublin.

It is led by two brothers, aged 41 and 35, who are considered dangerous criminals and have previously served jail terms for violent crimes.

Gardaí believe their gang has taken over the drug-dealing turf once controlled by feared gangster Eamon 'The Don' Dunne, who was shot dead in 2010.

Yesterday's raids were part of an ongoing probe focusing on the gang's proceeds of crime.

In particular, gardaí believe the gang is purchasing property and land in an effort to launder its ill-gotten gains.

In total, 24 private dwellings and businesses were searched by gardaí, who were supported by the Emergency Response Unit (ERU).

The searches took place in Cabra, Finglas and Monkstown in the capital, Gorey and Courtown in Co Wexford, and Leixlip, Co Kildare.

One property searched in Laraheen, north of Gorey, is estimated to have cost in the region of €1m and was purchased without a mortgage.

Efforts will now be made to secure a High Court order to freeze the assets on the basis that they are suspected of being the proceeds of crime.

A large amount of documentation and computers was also seized as well as a quantity of cash.

The offices of a solicitor, an accountant, an architect and builders were also searched as Cab sought details of the assets of the targeted figures.

A 37-year-old man was also arrested after gardaí found €3,500 worth of cocaine during the search of a property in west Dublin.

This individual is currently being detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

The operation also involved members of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, armed support units and local personnel from Dublin West and Wexford divisions.

Irish Independent

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