A man targeted by a high-profile CAB operation in Limerick has reportedly fled to Spain
A MAN whose home was searched during a major CAB operation last week has reportedly left the country while another man has been openly joking about the raids on social media.
Two private houses in west Limerick were searched last Friday as were the offices of two local solicitors who have had dealings with one or both of the men in the past.
Gardai believe the activities of a criminal gang operating in Limerick have been dealt a significant blow following the operation which saw cars, cash and other valuables being seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau.
While no arrests were made, the Limerick Leader understands that one of the men who is the subject of investigation may have travelled to Spain over the weekend.
A short video of the second man – apparently socialising in a pub in North Cork – has been widely circulated in recent days.
In the video, which was allegedly recorded on the same day as the CAB operation, the man can seen with another man joking that they were “looking for a cab out of here” before adding they could not get a cab out of the named town.
It’s understood a copy of the video has been forwarded to gardai since it emerged.
Dozens of armed and uniformed officers, including members from several national units, carried out searches of eight premises – in Limerick, Tipperary and Dublin – as part of ongoing investigations into suspected drug-dealing and money laundering.
“The CAB investigation centres on an organised crime gang involved in the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Limerick city and county areas, and which is suspected of being involved in laundering the proceeds of its criminal conduct through a car sales outlet in Limerick city,” said a garda spokesperson.
More than 100 cars – potentially worth more than €1m – were seized at a car dealership in the city, while more than €40,000 in cash and a Rolex watch were also seized.
Armed gardai used an angle grinder to cut open the main gates of the dealership shortly after 8am last Friday and the operation to catalogue, photograph and remove the cars to a secure location took several hours.
The vehicles seized include a number of luxury Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen and Audi cars.
Documentation and financial records – relating to a variety property transactions – were removed from one of the solicitors offices while mobile phones and electronic storage devices which were also seized will be the subject of technical and forensic examination.
A court order was also secured freezing a bank account belonging to one car sales business.