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€400,000 seized after Gardaí question occupants of ‘cattle transporter’

Two males have been arrested and an estimated €400,000 in cash has been seized after Gardaí approached a ‘cattle transporter’ and a car in Co. Wexford.

On Tuesday, February 4th 2020, during the course of an ongoing intelligence-led investigation targeting serious and organised crime, personnel, attached to the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB), supported by a special crime task force, “approached and interacted” with the occupants of cattle transporter and a car that were parked in a lay-by on the N25, near Rosslare, County Wexford.

One Irish national aged 50 (Irish) and the other, a Polish national, age 35, arising from suspicion of their involvement in an offence of Money Laundering, contrary to the provisions of Section 7 of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing) Act, 2010, were arrested.

They are currently being detained at Wexford Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

Investigating officers have undertaken a number of related searches, in Swords, County Dublin and Trim, County Meath. 

About €1m seized

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll of Special Crime Operations said: “Removing the proceeds of crime from those involved in serious and organised crime is a particular priority of the Garda Síochána, in its attempt to dismantle organised crime groups that operate at an international level.”

“This significant seizure of cash by the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) follows closely after another seizure of a substantial quantity of cash, last week, bringing the total amount of cash seized by that bureau, so far in 2020, to about €1 million.”

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