Friday 15 December 2017

Two arrested and €150k seized during CAB raids on 'Rathkeale Rovers' crime gang

Picture: Garda Press Office
Picture: Garda Press Office
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The Criminal Assets Bureau and local gardaí have raided 11 premises as part of an investigation into a Limerick crime gang.

The raids were in relation to a CAB investigation, Operation Oakleaf, into an organised crime gang in Rathkeale. The traveller gang, known as the Rathkeale Rovers, have been linked to international crime including the theft of Rhino horns.

The searches on seven private residences and four premises in the Limerick area were carried out on foot of search warrants today. During the course of this operation Gardaí seized a large sum of cash, in the region of €150,000.

Two males, aged 26 and 47, were arrested for Public Order Offences and conveyed to Newcastle West Garda station.

They were charged and brought to Newcastle West District Ct and bailed to appear in court again on the 3rd January 2017 at Newcastle West District Ct at 10.30am.

In a statement gardaí confirmed that CAB Officers seized a significant amount of cash as well as a large volume of documents and other evidence related to assets.

This evidence will be further examined by specialist Bureau Officers.

A statement confirmed: "The CAB investigation relates to suspected criminal activity by an organised crime gang in Ireland, the UK and Europe.

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