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CAB takes €200k off Marlo's estate

The Criminal Assets Bureau has seized more than €200,000 from the estate of slain gangster Martin 'Marlo' Hyland.

The High Court yesterday ordered the disposal by the State of a house and car owned by the murdered drug dealer. It also ordered the forfeiture of €19,150 in cash belonging to the gangster, who was shot dead in a house in Finglas in December 2006.

It follows previous orders in which another house belonging to him in Dublin and one in Meath, were also ordered to be handed over for disposal by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).

Another €198,000 in cash belonging to Hyland was also ordered to be forfeit.

Mr Justice Kevin Feeney yesterday ordered that CAB legal officer Frank Cassidy be appointed receiver of a house in Dublin, a sports utility vehicle (SUV) belonging to Hyland and the outstanding €19,150 in cash.

Hyland was shot dead by some of his associates in a house in Finglas, west Dublin, in December 2006 after a series of successes against his crime gang by the gardai's organised crime and national drugs units.

Innocent plumber Anthony Campbell was also shot dead. Campbell (20) had been fixing a radiator in the house, which belonged to a relation of Hyland's. It is thought Campbell was murdered so he would not be able to identify the killers.

A garda investigation into both deaths is ongoing.

Before his murder, Hyland was the prime target of Operation Oak, which was set up to focus on Hyland and his associates.

It resulted in the seizure of 30kg of heroin, with a street value of €8m, 35kg of cocaine, worth €2.5m, 1.4 tonnes of cannabis, worth €10m as well as four stolen vehicles, firearms, ammunition and cash.

It also led to 41 arrests and 26 of the suspects are currently before the courts.

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