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Cash and luxury goods seized after Cork organised crime gang targeted

Gardai said the operation was a major disruption to the gang’s activities.

The Garda badge logo (Niall Carson/PA)
The Garda badge logo (Niall Carson/PA)

Cash, luxury watches and vehicles have been seized in Cork following searches by gardai.

Members of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB), in conjunction with the Garda Emergency Response Unit, and the Southern Region Armed Support Unit and other units, conducted searches as part of an operation targeting an organised crime gang on Wednesday morning.

Seven residential premises, three businesses and one plot of land were searched in Co Cork.

Ten vehicles including a 191-registered Toyota Landcruiser, 191-Ford Focus, 181-Toyota HI Lux, 181-Ford Focus Sport, and a 2015 UK-registerd Toyota Hi Lux were seized.

Cash to the value of 31,500 euro, four Rolex watches and documentation in relation to the ownership of assets, financial documentation, mobile phones and electronic storage devices were also uncovered.

Gardai said the CAB investigation centres on members of an extended family based in Co Cork, who are involved in fraud, theft, deception, extortion, burglaries and in the sale and supply of controlled drugs.

The gang is suspected of using intimidation to instil fear into their victims and charge exorbitant rates for substandard work.

They are also suspected of extorting large sums of cash from elderly and vulnerable persons for unnecessary work and engaging in theft and burglary in the areas where they carry out work.

Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Clavin said: “(The) search operation is a significant development in the CAB investigation and is viewed as a major disruption to the activities of this gang.”

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