Garda National Crime Bureau search premises across Louth
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.