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Armed gardai and CAB swoop on twelve premises in Dublin

(Pic: Irish Independent)
(Pic: Irish Independent)

A huge gardai operation was conducted in Dublin this morning which targeted organised crime.

Armed gardai from the Emergency Response Unit, as well as the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, Special Detectives Unit, Garda Technical Bureau and the Operational Support Unit assisted the Criminal Assets Bureau as it raided 12 private homes and six commercial premises in the Dublin area.

It is understood that the commercial properties include accountants' offices as up to 60 gardai search for cash, documents, computers and files to link a gang to the proceeds of organised crime.

The buildings are believed to be connected with the activities of an organised crime group.

A source has confirmed that gardai were active in the early hours of this morning in the Raleigh square area of Crumlin, which is home to Kinahan Cartel member Liam Byrne, who is the brother of Regency Hotel attack victim David Byrne.

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Early reports say the area around Kildare Road and Windmill Road in Crumlin was one area targeted, with traffic diversions in place while the searches are carried out.

Gardai and members of the CAB could be seen entering a number of houses. On one house it could be seen that the front door had been battered open.

A number of houses on the L-shaped Raleigh Square were being searched, according to sources.

The garda helicopter could also be seen in the sky monitoring the searches from above.

"The searches are being conducted as part of an on-going investigation into organised crime groups which has been underway for some considerable time," a garda spokesman said.

The Criminal Assets Bureau has been assisted in the operation by personnel from the following The Emergency Response Unit, Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, Special Detective Unit, Dublin Metropolitan South Division, Dublin Metropolitan North Central Division, and Garda Síochána Technical Bureau.

Garda Operational Support Unit Assistance has also been provided by the Revenue Customs service.

"At this time the operation is on-going and it is anticipated that it will take some time for all searches to be completed," said the garda spokesman.