High powered cars, designer watches and cash among items seized in Kinahan cartel raids across Longford, Dublin, Limerick and Meath

Leader understands CAB officers seized documentation during raid on accountancy firm in Co Longford

Liam Cosgrove

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CAB raids

A Breitling watch was among a string of items seized by gardaí and CAB during a number of raids across counties Dublin, Meath, Limerick and Longford earlier today

Documentation, together with high powered vehicles, expensive watches and €15,000 of cash has been seized by Criminal Assets Bureau officers and gardaí following a wave of searches in Longford and three other counties into the activities of the Kinahan crime gang.

The raids took place early this morning, one of which included a search on a business premises in Edgeworthstown.

The Leader understands CAB officers and gardaí spent a number of hours searching an accountancy firm in the mid Longford town, taking a way a series of documentation as part of the investigation.

Other searches this morning included targeted operations in Dublin, Meath and Limerick.

This search operation involved the search of 20 residential premises, 18 professional premises and one gymnasium.

Along with €15,000 cash, five vehicles including an Audi Q7, Mercedes Vito, VW Golf Mark 7 GTD, VW Golf, Honda Motorcycle and five watches, among which were two Rolex's and a Cartier, were seized.

A freezing order has also been made in respect of a substantial amount of money in a bank account.

Despite no arrests so far being made, a quantity of documents, mobile phones are currently being examined by investigating officers.

One of the chief officers heading up the operation, Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Clavin said, this morning's events represented a major intensification in the fight against organised crime.

"This CAB investigation into an organised crime gang is continuing, today marks a significant development in the progress of this investigation," he said.

The Criminal Assets Bureau are relentless in their mission to identify the criminally acquired assets of persons and to deny such people these assets.

"The motivation of these organised crime gangs is greed for wealth and we will do all we can to deprive them of this wealth".

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