CAB seizes BMWs, cash and electronics in Monaghan raids

The Criminal Assets Bureau and Gardaí have carried out a number of searches in County Monaghan this morning as part an investigation into cross border smuggling.

10 different sites were searched across the county, seven homes and three yards or industrial sheds.

Two BMX X5 SUVs, a Volkswagen Transporter and a Mitsubishi Shogun were seized, as well as €1,400, $900 and £600 in cash.

Electronic devices, documents and records were also seized.

Gardaí say today’s raids are part of an investigation into international smuggling that’s been running for over a year.

It says the investigation has intensified in the last two weeks but it says the searches are not linked to the Essex lorry deaths.

The Criminal Assets Bureau says it was supported today by the Emergency Response Unit, the Stolen Motor Vehicle Investigation Unit, the Revenue Customs Dog Unit and the Garda National Immigration Bureau.

No arrests have been made but investigations are continuing.

A number of bank accounts have been frozen after the District Court granted an order under Section 17 of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act, 2010.

CAB also seized a Northern Ireland Registered Tractor Unit and Curtain Sider Trailer at Dublin Port on Tuesday, with a Bulgarian Registered tractor unit and a curtain sider trailer also seized.