Cash, fake firearm and mobile devices seized in Garda raids

Criminal Assets Bureau investigating organised crime gangs in Dublin and Wicklow

An imitation firearm seized by gardaí in Co Wicklow on Wednesday. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

An imitation firearm seized by gardaí in Co Wicklow on Wednesday. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

 

The Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab) and armed gardaí have seized an imitation firearm and about €12,000 in cash during searches in Co Wicklow.

The Garda Emergency Response Unit, Garda Region Support Unit and Garda Public Order Units conducted searches in the Bray and Newtownmountkennedy areas of Wicklow on Wednesday morning.

A Garda spokesman said five searches were carried out and approximately €6000 and £5200 cash, an imitation firearm, imitation ammunition, and a TV were seized.

Cash seized by gardaí during raids in Co Wicklow on Wednesday. Photograph: An Garda Síochána
Cash seized by gardaí during raids in Co Wicklow on Wednesday. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Documents and mobile phones/devices are also being examined.

The spokesman said a freezing order has been made in respect of approximately €144,000 in a bank account.

No arrests were made. An investigation by the Cab into a Wicklow-based organised crime gang is continuing.

Dublin

In a second, unrelated operation, CAB, assisted by local gardaí­ and the Garda Armed Support Unit, conducted a search at a home in the Marrowbone Lane area of Dublin 8 area on Wednesday morning.

A spokesman said the search related to a target believed to be connected with suspected members of an organised crime gang involved in the drugs trade.

A 2011 Audi A4 S-Line and a 2015 Citroen Berlingo Van were seized as evidence.

The spokesman said a quantity of documents, mobile phones, five watches (including Rolex and Breitling) were seized and were being examined by investigating officers.

Watches were seized by gardaí during raids in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: An Garda Síochána
Watches were seized by gardaí during raids in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

No arrests were made. The Cab investigation into a south Dublin-based organised crime gang is continuing.