LATEST: Gardai targeting Limerick crime gang seize cash, drugs and jewellery during searches

David Hurley


David Hurley


LATEST: Gardai targeting Limerick crime gang seize cash, drugs and jewellery during searches

Fourteen people were arrested during the operation

GARDAI targeting the activites of a Limerick-based crime organisation have seized hundreds of thousands of euro worth of cash, drugs and jewellery as well a high-end car and the deeds to a property in the Middle East.

Thirteen men and one woman, ranging in age from their 20s to their 60s, have been arrested during a series of co-ordinated searches in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary.

As part of Operation Coronation, more than 170 gardai from Limerick, Clare and Tipperary supported by the Criminal Assets Bureau, Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Emergency Response Unit, the Armed Response Unit and Regional Dog Unit carried out 67 searches at dwellings, businesses and at lands in all three counties

The operation, which began at 6am this Wednesday, was also supported by three teams of Irish Army Search Engineers, the Army EOD team and the Army Helicopter.

During the operation gardaí seized around €220,000 in cash consisting of euros, sterling, dirham (UAE currency) and old Irish currency.

Deeds to a property in Dubai along with a car, worth €50,000, and €100,000 worth of jewellery and luxury watches were also seized 

Gardai say they also located high-value clothing items and significant evidence to support the investigation including financial accounts and property documentation.

Suspected drugs, worth an estimated €23,500, were seized along with two cocaine presses.

Two bank accounts have also been frozen containing sums in excess of €119,000.

Three of those arrested for suspected money laundering offences are being detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

One person is being questioned in relation to the discovery of €2,000 of suspected crack cocaine and heroin which was seized at one location.

Another of those arrested is being detained under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice 2 (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996 in respect of suspected cannabis herb worth approximately €20,000.

Six people are being detained under Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act while a further three were arrested on foot of oustanding warrants.

Investigations are continuing.