Thu, 26 May 2022

DUBLIN, Ireland - Details of a massive operation targeting organised crimes group in Dublin have just been released.

As part of Operation Tara, a total of twenty-four residential and business premises were searched and 6 people were taken into custody. A number of cars were also stopped and searched.

The extensive operation targeted properties and vehicles in the Dublin city centre, as well as in suburban West Dublin, Ballyfermot, Clondalkin, Lucan, and Crumlin.

"An Garda Sochana under Operation Tara, continue to tackle the capacity of particular organised crimes groups to have significant negative impact within communities through their sale of controlled drugs and associated intimidation of vulnerable people, including by engaging in threat to life incidents," a statement released by gardai on Thursday afternoon said.

The sweeping operation was carried out on Wednesday by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB), assisted by other specialised units, including, the Special Crime Task Force (SCTF), the Special Tactics and Operations Command (STOC), the Air Support Unit (ASU), the Dog Unit, the Stolen Motor Vehicle Investigation Unit (SMVIU) and the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB), along with personnel assigned to local drug units based in West Dublin.

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"In the course of searching the (24) premises, numerous quantities of cash were seized, ranging from about 250,000 to about 7,000 (euro), with an estimated total of about 700,000 (euro). One particular seizure of cash arose from a search of a vehicle registered in Northern Ireland, while it was travelling northbound on the N3. The vehicle was stopped with assistance provided by the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and resulted in the seizure of cash to an estimated total value of 200,000," the gardai statement said.

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"Other items seized, include, sixteen (16) watches assessed each to be of significant value and a total of eight (8) vehicles, along with media devices, including mobile telephones and documentation purporting to relate to particular business-related activity."

"A total of six (6) suspects were arrested in the course of the GNDOCB led operation, including five (5) males, aged in their 30's and 40's and one (1) female aged 33 years. The arrests relate to suspected participation in the activities of a criminal organisation, to facilitate money laundering and drug trafficking, representing an alleged breach of the provisions of section 72 of Criminal Justice Act 2006," the gardai statement said.

All suspects are currently detained at various garda stations within the Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR).

Investigations, gardai say, are ongoing and are assessed to be making significant progress.

"This operation, led by the GNDOCB, assisted by a significant number of other Garda Siochana personnel, including a number assigned to local drug units located in West Dublin, was designed to make a significant impact on those involved in OCGs who are causing significant damage to communities in West Dublin and elsewhere," Detective Chief Superintendent Seamus Boland, who is head of Bureau at the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB), said Thursday afternoon.

"The seizure of cash, valuable goods, vehicles, and particular documents and the associated arrests is considered an important step in An Garda Saochna's ambition to effectively tackle the criminal groups involved."

"Through initiatives such as Operation Tara, criminals who are involved in Organised Crime Groups that threaten the life and welfare of those living in communities throughout Ireland, will experience the determination of An Garda Sochna to ensure they are prosecuted and their organisations dismantled," Assistant Commissioner John O'Driscoll who is lead officer with regard to tackling Organised & Serious Crime, added.

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