Saturday 21 July 2018

Serious crime gang target of successful multi agency raid

Chief target has €100,000 in bank account frozen by CAB

An early morning raid on a serious crime gang in Drogheda has been deemed an overwhelming success and has set the platform for ongoing garda investigations into the activities of the group.

The raid took place last Thursday and saw locations on the Cement Road searched, along with locations in North County Dublin, Cavan, Monaghan and Meath.

Members of the Criminal Assets Bureau, the Emergency Response Unit, the underwater unit, dogs and customs, a stolen car squad and other resources were utilised, backed by 60 local gardai.

Gardai seized €27,000 in cash, £1,600 in cash, two caravans, which are suspected stolen, a Mercedes Benz, cannabis herb and cocaine to the value of €1,000, an assortment of lawnmowers and strimmers and other garden products and a receipt for a bed valued at €8,500.

They also took away a number of electronic devices and as well as that, a main target in the operation was served with a freezing order for a bank account, containing €100,000.

12 other cars were also seized under Section 41 of the Road Traffic Act.

It is believed the group has strong links to another organised crime gang in the North Dublin area.

The quarry on the Cement Road was also searched as part of the operation.

The main aim of this was to detect guns and money.

The local authority were also involved, brought in in relation to environmental concerns.

'We are satisfied that was a very successful operation against a gang involved in the sale and distribution of drugs and the intimidation of people in the area. This targeted their activities and their assets,' Superintendent Andrew Watters stated.

'This is an ongoing operation and we will be continuing to monitor the activities of this group,' he added.

Drogheda Independent