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Criminal Assets Bureau reveals that they froze assets worth over €8million in 2018

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 25/06/2019 Niall O'Connor
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Gardai cracking down on gangland thugs froze assets worth more than €8m last year.

It was a bumper year for the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) as they opened 30 more cases than ever before and also received more officers.

CAB is a joint bureau led by a Garda Chief Superintendent Pat Clavin, with officers including gardai and Revenue officers.

CAB revealed that as part of cases in 2018 they froze 114 criminal assets totalling €8.39m.

The bureau also revealed that it had a total of 973 "targets under investigation".

The biggest area of criminals was in Dublin West, where a number of gangland feuds were raging, with Dublin South coming in second at 110.

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Outside of Dublin city, Limerick county, scene of a massive CAB investigation into a number of crime gangs, was the next highest with 72 targets.

Wexford was next with 40 targets - a number of people linked to the Hutch/Kinahan feud live in the county.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said: "2018 was a very busy year for the Criminal Assets Bureau.   

"I visited the Bureau in September 2018, where I toured the offices and obtained a first-hand knowledge of its activities.   

"I acknowledge the high level of professionalism of the Bureau officers and staff. I note in particular the increase in actions in all areas of activity by the Bureau.

"I was particularly impressed by the multi-disciplinary team concept that CAB has pioneered since its establishment in 1996."

The Commissioner said that the bureau had established links to its local communities across the country.

He added: "The Bureau has developed its links with local communities through supporting local Garda management in enhancing the role of the Divisional Asset Profilers Network.

"I am pleased to note the Bureau has provided training to additional Divisional Asset Profilers and commits to further training during 2019.

"I am also pleased that the number of asset profiles, submitted in 2018, by members of An Garda Sióchána nationwide increased to one hundred and eighty four from one hundred and one in 2017."

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