CAB targeting young criminals before they become major players
A new generation of up-and-coming gangsters is being targeted by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).
The aim is to hit the group of criminals, who are already active, and seize their assets before they graduate to the top tier of the crime league.
Many of them are already displaying their wealth through the purchase of fancy cars and expensive jewellery.
CAB boss, Det Chief Supt Pat Clavin, believes now is the time to tackle them financially before they can become role models for other aspiring criminals in their neighbourhoods.
"We are targeting these lads before they get the opportunities to become big players and be part of the next generation of major criminals", he said.
The bureau is also expanding its reach by training more local asset profilers around the country.
Chief Supt Clavin thinks it is more effective to have all the profilers operating as part of an overall national bureau, rather than splitting them into local units.
The divisional profiler network already has 210 members trained in proceeds of crime investigations, mainly gardai but also including personnel from Customs and Social Welfare.
Two new training programmes are planned, with candidates recommended by regional assistant commiss- ioners and divisional chiefs.
The bureau has also become heavily involved in the special task force set up under the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB).
Six additional gardai were seconded to the CAB to focus on the assets of thugs linked to organised crime gangs in the Dublin area.
This work is being carried out in addition to seven specific operations targeting a range of criminal suspects:
l Lamp - this is an investigation into members of the Kinahan cartel, based in Dublin.
A series of searches have been carried out, resulting in the seizure of vehicles, expensive watches and jewellery.
Several suspects have been arrested and questioned about money laundering offences.
l Oakleaf - this is concentrated on Traveller gangs in Rathkeale, Co Limerick, who are suspected of being involved in crime throughout Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe.
l Verse - an investigation targeting a gang based in west Dublin but with links to criminals around the country and abroad.
l Thor - CAB is involved in 20 separate inquiries into the main groups carrying out burglaries nationwide, assisting local units and successfully confiscating assets.
In one investigation into a west Dublin gang, CAB seized vehicles and is currently making assessments of their assets.
l Scale - this investigation is into gangs and criminals in Co Louth and across the border region and was set up after the murder of Det Gda Adrian Donohoe.
l Loft - focused on a fuel laundering gang operating near the border. So far the CAB has seized more than €1.2m in assets from more than 20 targets.
l Croft - this involves working with the DCOB to tackle gangs, who are trafficking drugs and selling cars to launder money.
The CAB has so far seized 46 cars during this investigation.