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cannabis girl-boss CAB freeze €238,000 in accounts in operation targeting Ireland's 'Growhouse Queen'

The Chinese national has been living in Ireland for a number of years and has become a major target for gardai investigating the sale and supply of herbal cannabis.

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Designer bags seized by CAB

Designer bags seized by CAB

Designer bags seized by CAB

Ireland's cannabis 'growhouse queen' was the target of a series of raids in Dublin by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB). 

Gardai seized designer handbags, electronic devices and more than €20k in cash after raiding two properties in Dublin 1 and Dublin 15 on Wednesday.

Today, CAB also froze funds worth €238,000 held in bank accounts as part of the investigation.

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Cash seized by CAB

Cash seized by CAB

The operation was carried out by CAB with the assistance of the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) and local Gardaí attached to Store Street and Blanchardstown Garda Stations.

Three searches were also conducted at professional premises at locations in counties Meath and Dublin during the probe.

A source said the target of the raid was a woman who is one of the top controllers of a network of lucrative cannabis growhouses throughout the country.

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Goods seized by CAB

Goods seized by CAB

Goods seized by CAB

The Chinese national - dubbed the 'Growhouse Queen' - has been living in Ireland for a number of years and has become a major target for gardai investigating the sale and supply of herbal cannabis.

Gardai have previously raided growhouses in Dublin, Mayo and Cork which have all been linked to the woman

In a statement, a garda spokesman said cash, designer handbags and documents were all seized by officers.

The haul includes €16,245 in cash, designer handbags and clothing - including the brands Moncler, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Hermes.

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Cash seized by CAB

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Cash seized by CAB

Gardai also took possession of £3,280 in sterling, electronic devices and documentation linked to financial and property transactions

The garda spokesperson said enquiries are ongoing.

"As a result of further inquiries, CAB have also restrained funds totalling €238,000 in relation to this investigation, on today’s date, Friday 16th July 2021.

"This investigation is focussed on the assets of an individual suspected to be involved in the cultivation, sale and supply of controlled drugs through a network of cannabis grow houses.”

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