CAB seizes €220,000 worth of Cork drug dealer’s as­sets

■ Gar­daí strike sig­nif­i­cant blow to Cork drug-deal­ing net­work ■ Over 140 of­fi­cers swoop on 22 prop­er­ties in day of ac­tion

Irish Examiner - - Front Page - Cormac O’Ke­effe and Eoin English

A con­victed drug dealer has been de­prived of al­most €50,000 in ei­ther cash or in bank ac­counts as well as six­high pow­ered cars worth around €170,000 fol­low­ing a mas­sive op­er­a­tion in Cork.

The Crim­i­nal As­sets Bureau (CAB) tar­geted the man, in his early 40s, af­ter re­ceiv­ing a file on him from a lo­cal as­set pro­filer based in the Cork West divi­sion.

The in­tel­li­gence-led op­er­a­tion cul­mi­nated at 4am yes­ter­day when more than 140 gar­daí swooped on 21 premises in Cork, mostly in the Ban­don area, and on one lo­ca­tion in Ro­screa, in Co Tip­per­ary.

They searched 11 res­i­den­tial premises, four busi­nesses, six pro­fes­sional premises — in­clud­ing so­lic­i­tors’ and ac­coun­tants’ of­fices — and a ho­tel, where a room was searched. CAB took away:

■ Six high-pow­ered cars, worth around €170,000, in­clud­ing a 191 reg Re­nault Kad­jar and a 171 Range Rover; ■ €22,500 in cash — as well as freez­ing more than €25,000 in four bank ac­counts;

■ Two Louis Vuit­ton bags;

■ A Rolex watch.

Gar­daí also seized a small quan­tity of what is sus­pected to be co­caine, and some cannabis herb, as well as mo­bile phones and fi­nan­cial doc­u­men­ta­tion.

Two men were ar­rested, one on foot of a bench war­rant and the other for sep­a­rate drug of­fences.

The main tar­get, with an ad­dress in the Clon­akilty area, is sus­pected by CAB of fi­nanc­ing busi­nesses in order to laun­der the pro­ceeds of crime, par­tic­u­larly in the West Cork area.

CAB be­lieve this has been done through beauty par­lours and tan­ning shops, as well as a pub in the Ban­don area. The tar­get is also sus­pected of pro­vid­ing seed cap­i­tal for a mo­tor business.

The op­er­a­tion in­volved gar­daí from the Cork West Divi­sion, the Emergency Re­sponse Unit, the South­ern Armed Sup­port Unit, and the Dog Unit.

Gar­daí be­lieve they have dealt a sig­nif­i­cant blow to a large drug-deal­ing net­work in Cork fol­low­ing a series of dawn raids.

Two men were ar­rested and six cars worth over €170,000, as well as cash, lux­ury hand­bags, drugs, phones, and doc­u­ments were seized in the Crim­i­nal As­sets Bureau (CAB) op­er­a­tion targeting a con­victed drug dealer with links to sev­eral busi­nesses in West Cork.

The in­tel­li­gence-led op­er­a­tion cul­mi­nated at 4am yes­ter­day when more than 140 gar­daí ex­e­cuted search war­rants on 22 prop­er­ties.

They swooped on 21 premises in Cork, mostly in the Ban­don area, and on one in Ro­screa, Co Tip­per­ary, search­ing 11 res­i­den­tial premises, four business premises, six pro­fes­sional premises, in­clud­ing so­lic­i­tors and ac­coun­tants’ of­fices, and a ho­tel, where a room was searched.

By lunchtime, they had seized:

■ Six high-pow­ered cars: A 191-reg­is­tered Re­nault Kad­jar; 182 Kia Sportage; 142 Skoda Su­perb; 171 Range Rover; 162 Hyundai Santa Fe; 151 Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat;

■ €22,500 in cash;

■ Two Louis Vuit­ton bags, a Rolex watch, and jew­ellery;

■ Small quan­ti­ties of co­caine and cannabis herb.

They froze funds, be­lieved to be in ex­cess of €25,000, in four ac­counts in fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, and seized fi­nan­cial records, phones, and com­put­ers for anal­y­sis.

Two men were ar­rested, one on foot of a bench war­rant and the other un­der sec­tion 15 of the Mis­use of Drugs

Act 1997 for an of­fence al­leged to have oc­curred on an ear­lier date.

The CAB in­ves­ti­ga­tion cen­tres on a con­victed drug dealer in his early 40s who, it is be­lieved, has been laun­der­ing the pro­ceeds of crim­i­nal con­duct — the sup­ply of con­trolled drugs — through busi­nesses in West Cork, in­clud­ing beauty par­lours and tan­ning shops, as well as a pub in the wider Ban­don area. The tar­get is also sus­pected of pro­vid­ing seed cap­i­tal for a mo­tor business.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Con Cado­gan said the tar­get was iden­ti­fied fol­low­ing al­most a year of in­ves­ti­ga­tion by a newly trained divi­sional as­set pro­filer in West Cork — highly trained gar­daí who as­sess in­tel­li­gence from a range of sources to iden­tify the as­sets of people which have been de­rived, or which are sus­pected to have been de­rived di­rectly or in­di­rectly from crim­i­nal con­duct.

“In­tel­li­gence was gleaned from many sources within the com­mu­nity,” said Chief Supt Cado­gan.

“I would like to thank the people of West Cork. Many have re­ported var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties in re­la­tion to the sup­ply of drugs and we take all of those re­ports very se­ri­ously.

“Un­for­tu­nately it has taken 12 months but I think we have had a very suc­cess­ful day and I have no doubt it will make a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the dis­tri­bu­tion, sale and sup­ply of drugs.”

Sev­eral Garda units were in­volved in the raids, in­clud­ing CAB of­fi­cers, lo­cal uni­formed gar­daí and de­tec­tives, the emergency re­sponse unit, the regional armed sup­port unit, the garda dog unit, and the divi­sional search team.

Pic­ture: De­nis Boyle

In Ban­don, Co Cork, six high-pow­ered cars and other as­sets were seized from a con­victed crim­i­nal.

Pic­ture: De­nis Boyle

Lux­ury ve­hi­cles, high-end watches, and drugs were seized in early-morn­ing Crim­i­nal As­sets Bureau raids on 22 premises.

€22,500 in cash was seized in the raids on 21 premises in West Cork and one in Co Tip­per­ary. Fi­nan­cial records were also seized, and a num­ber of ac­counts frozen.

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