Garda Na­tional Crime Bureau search premises across Louth

The Argus - - NEWS -

A ma­jor search op­er­a­tion got un­der­way on Thurs­day morn­ing last at a to­tal of fif­teen premises across Dublin, Louth, Meath, Kil­dare and Laois.

The op­er­a­tion was con­firmed last week as be­ing led by the Garda Na­tional Eco­nomic Crime Bureau, ‘who are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of a West-African Crim­i­nal Network sus­pected to be in­volved in the laun­der­ing of €14.6 mil­lion in crim­i­nal pro­ceeds through Ir­ish bank ac­counts,’ ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from An Garda Siochana.

‘As­sist­ing G.N.E.C.B were Gar­daí from the North­ern, East­ern and Dublin Metropoli­tan Re­gions, along with Of­fi­cers from the Garda Na­tional Drugs and Or­gan­ised Crime Bureau, and the Armed Sup­port Units.

‘Among the mat­ters un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tions is the pos­si­bil­ity that laun­dered money may have been used by this Crim­i­nal Network to fund the pur­chase of prop­erty and other high value items across the coun­try.’

Doc­u­ments, com­put­ers and four Nis­san X-Trail SUVs have been seized.

It was also re­ported that Gar­daí have asked banks across the coun­try to close around 350 ac­counts sus­pected of be­ing used in the fraud.

It is be­lieved that some of the money has been moved to France, Italy and fur­ther afield.

Gar­dai are re­ported to have also iden­ti­fied an­other 170 sus­pect ac­counts in Europe, west Africa and China.

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