The Criminal Assets Bureau is continuing to investigate a group suspected of being involved in “various international smuggling activities”.
This investigation – which began over one year ago – has intensified over the past two weeks.
A number of restraining orders, in respect of accounts in financial institutions, have been made by a Judge of the District Court pursuant to Section 17(2) of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act, 2010.
On Thursday, November 7th, searches were carried on foot of District Court warrants issued pursuant to Section 14 of the Criminal Assets Bureau Acts 1996 to 2016 at 10 separate search sites in Co Monaghan.
“As part of the operation, the Bureau detained a Northern Ireland registered tractor unit and curtain-sider trailer at Dublin Port on Tuesday, November 5th.”
“The Bureau also detained a Bulgarian registered tractor unit and a curtain-sider trailer at the same location on Tuesday last.”
The Criminal Assets Bureau is taking "proportionate action to prevent the concealment and disposal of assets".
Searches were undertaken at 7 homes and 3 yards / industrial sheds.
The following items have been seized:
- 192 (2019) X5 BMW M Sport;
- 2016 X5 BMW;
- 2014 VW Transporter Crew Cab 2.8 litre;
- Mitsubishi Shogun;
- Documents and records;
- Electronic devices;
- Cash (€1,400, $900 and £600).
The Criminal Assets Bureau was supported today by the ERU, the Stolen Motor Vehicle Investigation Unit (NBCI), the Revenue Customs Dog Unit and the Garda National Immigration.
“No arrests were made on this occasion. The investigation by CAB is continuing.”
“This ongoing CAB investigation is not linked to the ongoing Essex Police investigation.” the statement concluded.
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