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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Watch: Dramatic moment elite gardaí raid home of CAB target through front window

Ken Foy

This is the moment elite gardaí raided the home of one of the main targets of a co-ordinated set of CAB raids across three counties.

The raids, which took place on Wednesday, saw more than 20 properties searched.

Armed gardaí backed up members of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) to carry out the extensive operation.

The target was a drugs gang based in the Cabra area of Dublin, led by two brothers, who are considered dangerous criminals and have previously served jail terms for violent offences.

As part of the operation the house of one of the brothers was searched.

Our exclusive footage shows gardaí using specialist equipment to remove a front window of the semi-detached home, which is in darkness when gardaí arrive.

Once the window is cleanly and swiftly removed from the home a number of armed gardaí access the house through the ground-floor window, using a ladder for easy access.

Gardaí can then briefly be seen moving through the house.

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

In particular, gardaí believe that the gang is buying property and land in a bid to launder its money.

In total, 24 homes and businesses were searched by gardaí, who were supported by the Emergency Response Unit.

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

One property searched in Laraheen, north of Gorey, is estimated to have cost around €1m and was bought 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 were also seized as well as around €7,300 in cash and one vehicle during the nationwide raids.

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