CAB carries out series of swoops on crime gangs
The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) has carried out raids across a number of counties as part of separate investigations into criminal gangs.
The raids, in Wexford, Carlow, Kildare and Dublin, led to a number of homes being searched and several vehicles being seized.
Gardai also arrested a 58-year-old criminal on suspicion of intimidating a CAB officer during a previous search in the capital on May 31.
This man was arrested yesterday morning during one of the CAB operations in Wexford.
During the searches two Toyota Land Cruisers, eight Ifor Williams trailers, a Pageant Series 6 mobile home, a Honda generator and a power washer were seized.
The operation by the CAB was conducted in conjunction with Wexford Revenue Customs Division, the South Eastern Regional Armed Support Unit and the detective branch at Enniscorthy Garda Station.
The man arrested for intimidating a CAB officer was held for an offence contrary to Section 13 of the Criminal Assets Bureau Act 1996.
CAB said the suspect was brought to Enniscorthy Garda Station, where he was detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984, and interviewed in relation to the alleged offence.
He was released without charge, pending the submission of the investigation file to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
In a separate probe, gardai targeted a suspected drug dealer during raids in Dublin, Kildare and Carlow.
Army personnel from the Curragh, as well as members of the Armed Support Unit (ASU), assisted in six searches.
Two residential premises in Dublin, two parcels of land containing mobile homes in Carlow and Kildare, and two professional premises in Dublin and Kildare were searched.
During the course of the search in Kildare, evidence of drug distribution was uncovered, along with a quantity of ammunition for a firearm.
Documentation in relation to the ownership of assets and financial documentation were seized, and are being examined by Bureau officers.
The CAB said the investigation centres on an individual involved in the sale and supply of controlled drugs.
"No arrests have been made at this time.
"This morning's search operation is a significant development in the CAB investigation," a statement from the bureau said yesterday.