Dublin raids see over €1 million in cash seized in garda crackdown


Over €1 million worth of cash has been seized after gardai carried out two raids in Dublin today.

The cash was found inside a vehicle during one of the searches, which took place in north Dublin and the city centre.

It follows an earlier cash seizure in Coolock of €117,000 – both searches were targeting the criminal activities of a Dublin crime gang.

The Assistant Garda commissioner has called said the find will “contribute to the disruption and potential ultimate dismantling of particular organised crime groups”.

A garda spokesman said: “On 17th January 2021, the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB), assisted by the Garda Dog Unit, undertook search operations in North Dublin and Dublin city centre, targeting suspected criminal activities of an organised crime group.

“Two premises were searched in the course of the operation and a number of vehicles were seized.

“In the course of a search of one vehicle, a concealment of cash was discovered. The vehicle and its content remain subject of examination. However, the amount seized is believed to exceed €1 million.

“Investigations are continuing.”

In another search operation this weekend, GNDOCB seized cash to a value of €117,000 along with one vehicle and a Rolex watch. A man in his 30s was arrested and remains detained at Coolock Garda Station.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, head of Organised and Serious Crime, has said: “We continue to target those causing most harm in our community. This seizure of a significant quantity of cash will, we believe, contribute to the disruption and potential ultimate dismantling of particular organised crime groups that we continue to target, building on earlier success achieved, in recent years”.

Source: Dublin News