In pictures: CAB crackdown on gang targeting Meath farms
A major Criminal Assets Bureau operation in Co Meath has seen a number of seizures and an arrest made as part of an investigation into an organised crime gang.

A major operation by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) has made a number of seizures from an organised crime gang in Co Meath. A Toyota Land Cruiser, along with other vehicles, drugs and machinery, were all recovered from the scene.

Gardaí recovered a number of stolen items.\ An Garda Síochána

The gang involved is made up of members of the one family who are involved in drugs, theft and fraud, gardaí said.

Searches took place at five residential premises in Co Meath and two office premises in Dublin on Monday. All searches were conducted under CAB warrants, Section 14 of the Criminal Assets Bureau Act 1996, as amended.

Seized goods

The following items were seized during the searches:

  • Three stolen vehicles: Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Hilux and Toyota Avensis.
  • Four vehicles for having marked gas oil (green diesel).
  • One vehicle as evidence in connection with the theft of another SUV in Cork.
  • Drugs (ecstasy) to the value of €2,500.
  • Assorted plant, machinery and tools (including a topper/mulcher).
  • Cash to the value of €1,500.
  • An air rifle.
  • Jewellery, documents, mobile phones and electronic devices.
  • Three stolen vehicles were seized. \ An Garda Síochána

    One man was arrested on a warrant issued by the district court.

    Units

    Approximately 80 officers were deployed on this search operation, including personnel from CAB, Meath Garda Division, Eastern Region Regional Response Unit, Stolen Motor Vehicle Unit, Garda Mounted Unit, Garda Dog Unit, Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau. Assistance was provided by the Customs Oil Enforcement Unit from the border region and by the Customs Cash and Drugs Dog Unit from Dublin.

    Assorted plant, machinery and tools were seized.\ An Garda Síochána

    Staff from the ESB also provided assistance and made safe an unauthorised electricity connection. An investigation is being conducted into the theft of electricity from the national grid.

    In a statement, gardaí said: “Documentation in relation to the ownership of assets, financial documentation, mobile phones and electronic storage devices were seized and are currently being examined by bureau officers.

    "CAB Revenue bureau officers are also investigating the tax situation in relation to each of the targets. CAB social welfare bureau officers are investigating social welfare issues that arise in relation to the targets.”

    Approximately 80 officers were deployed on this search operation.\ An Garda Síochána

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