€28k cash found in attic as CAB raid Cartel links
The Criminal Assets Bureau yesterday carried out seven searches as part of an operation targeting the Kinahan cartel - including the home of a woman formerly employed in a prominent legal office.
The woman, who is not suspected of being involved in crime, has very close links to jailed cartel carpenter Glen Byrne (41), who was sentenced to three years in prison last July for money laundering.
Byrne was charged after being caught with €350,000 during a stake-out by undercover officers.
Detectives believe the money, wrapped into bales of €50,000, was destined for senior criminal associates of the gang in Spain.
Byrne, of Belfry Square, Citywest, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing the cash at a car wash on June 24, 2017.
Yesterday, the CAB seized €28,000 in cash found stashed in an attic of a house in Citywest.
Detectives believe the house is directly linked to Glen Byrne, who has close links to cartel kingpin Liam Byrne, currently based in Birmingham.
The Herald previously revealed a woman close to Glen Byrne, who worked in a sensitive legal job, was investigated by gardai for assisting the cartel's efforts to hide crime proceeds.
Her property was the focus of a major search yesterday.
The woman, in her 30s, was employed at the time of a previous CAB probe in a department which contained "highly sensitive" information.
It is understood she was used to register a vehicle in her name on behalf of a cartel associate.
She has no involvement in criminality, which is why she was used to register the vehicle, gardai believe.
Gardai do not consider her a member of the crime gang despite assisting its efforts to hide its proceeds of crime.
Yesterday's raid was against three prime targets with close links to the Kinahan cartel, gardai said. The targets are believed by gardai to be associates of Liam Byrne, who is Kinahan's right-hand man in Dublin.
Officers seized documentation mainly in connection with the purchase of property and land, which they believe were bought with the proceeds of crime by their targets.
Apart from the €28,000 seized in the Citywest attic, officers recovered two watches, including a Rolex, as well as mobile phones and electronic devices. Searches were also carried out at a house and two other properties outside Kill, Co Kildare, and at an accountancy practice in west Co Wicklow.
CAB officers were backed up by members of the garda Emergency Response Unit, the Armed Support Unit, dog unit and mounted unit.
The main aim was to seize documentation relating to the investment of crime proceeds in property and this would now be forensically examined.