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Criminal Assets Bureau seize vehicles, watches and cash in raids at 15 locations including Laois

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The Criminal Assets Bureau conducted a search operation in Kildare, Waterford, Laois and Dublin today – Wednesday June 29.

The search operation was conducted by Bureau Officers supported by the Dublin Armed Support Unit, the Eastern Regional Armed Support Unit, the Stolen Motor Vehicle Investigation Unit, The Customs Dog Unit, Kildare Detective Unit, Portlaoise Detective Unit and Detectives attached to the Dublin Metropolitan Region.

The operation involved over eighty personnel searching fifteen search sites across four counties.

This morning’s operation targeted an East European Organised Crime Group involved in the laundering of the proceeds of crime through the second hand car trade.

The group are also involved in the supply of vehicles to Irish groups throughout the country.

Today’s operation targeted assets, including properties acquired by the directors of the OCG.

Assets seized today included the following:

• One Tesla electric Vehicle
• Two BMW IX electric vehicles (221 Reg’s)
• Two Classic vehicles
• €15,000 in cash
• A number of high value watches including Rolex and Cartier Brands.

Gardai say: “Today’s operation follows from Criminal Assets Bureau search operations conducted during September and October 2021 during the course of which CAB seized eighteen high value vehicles including Audi Q7’s, BMW X5’s, Range Rover’s, a Jaguar I-Pace and a Tesla.

“Today’s operation is significant in the context of the overall CAB proceeds of crime investigation targeting assets, including properties accrued by the directors of the OCG.

“The investigation remains on-going.”

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