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Major haul Designer handbags, 12 luxury watches, €80k in cash and drugs worth €220k seized by CAB

The assets identified include property which were accumulated by an East European criminal group involved in the sale and supply of controlled drugs in this jurisdiction,” a garda spokesman said.

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High-value watches. Pic credit: The Criminal Assets Bureau

High-value watches. Pic credit: The Criminal Assets Bureau

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Pic credit: The Criminal Assets Bureau

Pic credit: The Criminal Assets Bureau

Pic credit: The Criminal Assets Bureau

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High-value watches. Pic credit: The Criminal Assets Bureau

Two Polish nationals are in garda custody this afternoon after the latest search operation by the Criminal Assets Bureau.

Gardai have seized €220,000 worth of drugs and €80,000 in cash as part of the major operation which has led to the arrests of a man and a woman.

“These people are suspected of having strong links to a gang heavily involved in drugs trafficking throughout Leinster and beyond,” a senior source said.

“The gang have been on the garda radar for a considerable period of time,” the source added.

Gardai announced details of the raids in which 12 high value branded watches including Hublot, Rado, Audemars Piguet, Rolex and Patek Philipe were seized.

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Pic credit: The Criminal Assets Bureau

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A high-end horse saddle was also seized as well as designer goods including Celine and Jimmy Choo brands.

“As part of ongoing investigations the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) conducted a search operation in the Midlands on Thursday 6th May 2021,” a garda spokesman said.

“Two residential addresses and a property under construction in the Midlands were searched during the course of the operation by Bureau Officers supported by personnel from Tullamore and Portlaoise Detective Units, Eastern Regional Armed Support Unit (ASU), Customs Dog Unit and local Dog Wardens.

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Pic credit: The Criminal Assets Bureau

Pic credit: The Criminal Assets Bureau

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“In the course of the searches investigators seized €80,000 in cash, cocaine with an estimated street value of €210,000 along with a quantity of cannabis worth €10,000, and financial documentation. The drugs will be forwarded to FSI for analysis,” he explained.

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“A man (30s) and woman (40s) were arrested and are currently detained under Section 2 of the of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996 at Garda Stations in the Midlands

“This morning’s operation was conducted as part of an on-going Criminal Assets Bureau investigation into property and assets funded with the proceeds of crime.

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Pic credit: The Criminal Assets Bureau

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“The assets identified include property which were accumulated by an East European criminal group involved in the sale and supply of controlled drugs in this jurisdiction,” he added

.It has been a very busy week for CAB after a middle-aged man who is suspected of being the main money launderer for international drugs baron George ‘The Penguin’ Mitchell was targeted in a Criminal Assets Bureau raid on Wednesday in which €110,000 was frozen in bank accounts linked to him.

The north Dubliner cannot be named here for legal reasons as he is facing serious charges before the courts but armed officers were present for the major raid on his home.

German based criminal George ‘The Penguin’ Mitchell (69) is one of Ireland’s most notorious drug traffickers.

Ballyfermot native Mitchell is suspected of becoming a millionaire from his involvement in drugs trafficking from the early 1990’s to the present day.

Also, yesterday, CAB officers carried out raids in rural Co Kildare targeting the right-hand man of gang boss Derek ‘Dee Dee’ O’Driscoll

A 211 reg Skoda Kodiaq and documentation were seized in the Kildare operation against the convicted criminal who is currently in jail.

He was previously the subject of a major CAB investigation which revealed the gangsters were involved in an extortion campaign in which Dublin City Council workers were targeted in a spate of violent crimes.

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