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Vehicles and cash seized near Irish border in international smuggling probe

Documents and records were also taken during searches by Ireland’s Criminal Assets Bureau at seven homes and three industrial premises in Co Monaghan.

Cars and cash were seized in Co Monaghan, near the Irish border, as part of a probe into a suspected international smuggling operation (Criminal Assets Bureau/PA)
Cars and cash were seized in Co Monaghan, near the Irish border, as part of a probe into a suspected international smuggling operation (Criminal Assets Bureau/PA)

By David Young, PA

Cars and cash have been seized near the Irish border as part of a major investigation into suspected international smuggling.

Documents and records were also taken during searches by Ireland’s Criminal Assets Bureau at seven homes and three industrial premises in Co Monaghan on Thursday morning.

Several SUV-type vehicles were among the items seized by CAB officers.

The CAB said it was taking “proportionate action to prevent the concealment and disposal of assets”.

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It is understood a number of searches were linked to Ronan Hughes, 40, and his brother Christopher, 34, who are both wanted by Essex Police in relation to the probe of the deaths of 39 Vietnamese nationals found in a refrigerated lorry in October.

The CAB said the raids were not linked to the Essex Police case.

Last Tuesday, the CAB detained two trucks and trailers at Dublin port as part of the same inquiry – one of the vehicles was registered in Northern Ireland and one in Bulgaria.

The year-long CAB investigation into a group suspected of international smuggling is not linked to the deaths of 39 Vietnamese nationals in a refrigeration container found in Essex last month.

However, the probe has intensified in the two weeks since the discovery in Essex.

The CAB said several restraining orders in respect of accounts in financial institutions had been made by a District Court judge pursuant to Section 17(2) of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010.

The following items were seized during Thursday’s operation:

– 192 (2019) X5 BMW M Sport
– 2016 X5 BMW
– 2014 VW Transporter Crew Cab 2.8 litre
– Mitsubishi Shogun
– documents and records
– electronic devices
– 1,400 euros, 900 US dollars and £600.

The CAB activities in Monaghan were supported by the Garda Emergency Response Unit, the Stolen Motor Vehicle Investigation Unit (NBCI), the Revenue Customs Dog Unit and the Garda National Immigration Bureau.

No arrests were made.

PA

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