Designer handbags, 12 luxury watches, €80,000 in cash and €220,000 in drugs seized by CAB

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

ardai seized €220,000 worth of drugs and €80,000 cash in the major operation which led to the arrest of a man and a woman.

“These people are believed to have close links to a gang that is heavily involved in drug trafficking across Leinster and beyond,” a senior source said.

“The gang has been on Garda’s radar for a considerable amount of time,” the source added.

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

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Photo credit: The Criminal Assets Bureau

Photo credit: The Criminal Assets Bureau

A high-end horse saddle was also seized along with designer items 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 operation by Bureau officers supported by staff from the Tullamore and Portlaoise Detective Units, the Regional Armed Support Unit of the East (ASU), from the Customs Canine Unit and local dog guards.

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Photo credit: The Criminal Assets Bureau


Photo credit: The Criminal Assets Bureau

Photo credit: The Criminal Assets Bureau

“During the searches, investigators seized €80,000 in cash, cocaine with an estimated market value of €210,000 as well as a quantity of cannabis worth €10,000 and financial documents. drugs will be forwarded to the FSI for analysis,” he explained.

“A man (30) and woman (40) were arrested and are currently being held under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 at Garda railway stations in the Midlands .

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

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Photo credit: The Criminal Assets Bureau


Photo credit: The Criminal Assets Bureau

Photo credit: The Criminal Assets Bureau

“The identified assets include property that has been accumulated by an Eastern European criminal group involved in the sale and supply of controlled drugs in that jurisdiction,” he added.

It’s been a busy week for CAB after a middle-aged man believed to be the main money launderer for international drug lord George ‘The Penguin’ Mitchell was targeted in a raid on Wednesday of the Criminal Assets Bureau in which €110,000 was frozen in bank accounts linked to him.

The North Dubliner cannot be named here for legal reasons as he faces serious charges in court, but armed officers were present during the major raid on his home.

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

Mitchell, from Ballyfermot, is believed to have become a millionaire due to his involvement in the drug trade from the early 1990s to the present day.

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

A Skoda Kodiaq 211 reg and documents were seized during Operation Kildare from 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 series of violent crimes.

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