December 7th, 2016

Gallery: CAB remove huge amount of high-end cars from Dublin business premises in gangland bust

Crime DeskBy Sunday World

These pictures show a vast array of expensive vehicles and motorbikes that were removed from the premises of a car sales business during a gangland raid carried out by the authorities today.

The chief targets of the operation were close associates of gangster David Byrne who was shot dead in the Regency Hotel gun attack last month.

The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) conducted a search operation at 18 separate locations, covering residential, commercial and professional premises including offices of solicitors and accountants.

29 vehicles, along with six motorbikes, were seized in the raid with the large majority of these removed from the premises of a car sales business lot in Bluebell this morning.

Active Car Sales, based in the Bluebell Business Park, was raided this morning as part of the massive garda operation against the Kinahan cartel and its associates.

The overall value of the vehicles seized is thought to be in excess of €1million.

Cash in excess of €30,000, as well as top-end jewellery including a number of Rolex watches, was also seized during the raid.

Gardai further removed a number of cars from homes in Crumlin that were targeted as part of the raid, including a Mercedes CLA220 with a 151 reg, a Lexus RX450h Hybrid, and a 151 VW Golf GTI as well as a white BMW.

A €38,000 betting slip involving a wager placed on a Liverpool soccer match was also taken by the authorities.

Among the homes raided by gardai this morning was that of Liam Byrne (35), the older brother of Regency murder victim David.

Also raided was the home of Sean McGovern (30) who was shot in the Regency Hotel attack but survived and spent a number of days being treated in hospital for his injuries.

An accountant and solicitor's office were also raided this morning in the huge operation – which involved over 60 gardai.

A large number of documents were seized along with some computers.

"The aim of this operation is to identify assets linked to associates of David Byrne. This is a CAB investigation and the hard work really starts after today when all items that have been seized will be fully analysed," a source said.

The targeted mob are part of the Christy Kinahan crime cartel, who have been involved in a deadly feud with the Hutch mob, which has led to three murders so far.

Part of Windmill Road and all of Raleigh Square were blocked off by armed gardai as the raids took place. The garda helicopter could also be seen monitoring the searches from above.

"The Emergency Response Unit carried out all the breaches of doors and gained access to the houses, then the Special Detective Unit swept the area and closed the roads," a source said.

Members of the Special Detective Unit carrying MP7 machine guns manned the roadblocks.

"The searches are part of an ongoing investigation into organised crime groups which has been under way for some considerable time," a garda spokesman said.

The Criminal Assets Bureau was assisted in the operation by personnel the Emergency Response Unit, Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, Special Detective Unit, Dublin Metropolitan South Division, Dublin Metropolitan North Central Division, the Garda Siochana Technical Bureau and the Farda Operational Support Unit. Assistance was also provided by the Revenue Customs service.