The Criminal Assets Bureau conducted a search operation in the Kildare Division and the DMR West Division this morning, Tuesday 21 September 2021.

The operation was conducted by approximately 150 Bureau Officers and Gardaí and involved searches of eight residential addresses, along with two professional searches and was carried out as part of an on-going investigation which commenced following a referral to the Criminal Assets Bureau by a Divisional Asset Profiler attached to Tallaght District Detective Unit.

To date, the investigation has identified and restrained seventeen bank accounts containing cumulative funds of €495,000.

CAB was supported this morning by the Emergency Response Unit, Tallaght District Detective Unit, Kildare Divisional Detective Unit, Eastern Regional Armed Support Unit, Garda National Immigration Bureau, the Stolen Motor Vehicle Investigation Unit and the Garda Dog Unit.

This morning’s search operation targeted assets, including properties accumulated by the organised crime gang and the outcome was as follows:

Seizure of the following items:

  • €51,000 in cash
  • Eight Rolex watches
  • Two Chanel Bags
  • One Canada Goose Jacket
  • Three 201 Ford Focus Cars
  • A 202 Ford Transit
  • A 202 CITROËN Berlingo
  • A 191 Volkswagen Golf

Gardaí also arrested two males one aged 19 and the other aged 40 for an offence contrary to S6 (Deception) of the Theft and Fraud Offence Act in respect of a local Garda Investigation for which they are currently detained at Tallaght Garda Station.

The organised crime gang, the subject of this morning’s operation is based primarily in the Kildare area. They are involved in the nationwide targeting of the elderly and the vulnerable on the pretence of conducting home repairs and roofing work.

This morning’s operation is a significant development in the on-going criminal and proceeds of crime investigations being conducted by the Criminal Assets Bureau and Tallaght District Detective Unit.