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200 Gardai involved in major criminal search operation

Over 200 Gardai including a number of Gardai from the Roscommon Longford Garda Division along with members of the Criminal Assets Bureau took part in a multi agency operation in Longford on Monday aimed at an organised criminal group suspected of operating in Longford and surrounding counties.

A total of 16 searches were conducted. This included 12 residential premises, three commercial premises and one professional premises.

The following was seized;

Cash

– €110,000
– £14,000

Vehicles

– 3 Caravans
– 11 vehicles including a Mercedes, Skoda Kodiaq, Isuzu DMAX, Ford Ranger, Toyota Landruiser and assorted light commercial vehicles

Other items including;

– 3 x Power Washers
– 3 x watches (2 x Rolex and 1 Tag Heuer)
– Designer handbags and footwear

Financial accounts in excess of € 80,000 were frozen by way of Orders under Section 17 of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010.

The search involved the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) with the assistance of the Garda Emergency Response Unit (ERU), Western Region Armed Support Unit (ASU), the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB), The Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (GNBCI), the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB), the Garda Stolen Motor Vehicle Investigation Unit (SMVIU), the Garda Dog Unit, the Garda Mounted Unit, the Garda Air Support Unit, Local Gardai from the Longford / Roscommon Division and Staff from Customs Revenue (Customs Dog, Customs Fuel Unit and Customs Search Teams).

According to An Garda Siochana: “The CAB investigation is focused on an Organised Criminal Group (OCG) based in County Longford who are suspected to be involved in the sale and supply of controlled drugs, intimidation and extortion of monies. The OCG targeted in today’s search operation is heavily involved in the ongoing feud in the Longford area and a number of members of the OCG have been before the Courts in relation to criminal incidents emanating from this feud. Members of this OCG have amassed a large property portfolio as a result of the proceeds of their involvement in criminal activity”.

“Today’s search operation comes as a result of ongoing liaison between the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) and local Gardai in Longford utilising trained Divisional Asset Profilers and marks a significant development in the CAB investigation”.

(Pic from An Garda Siochana shows some of the cash seized on Monday)

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