More than €2m seized in Garda swoop
Five people arrested as Garda special unit targets organised crime gangs
A targeted Garda operation at the weekend resulted in over €2m being seized by Gardai following searches in Wexford and Dublin.
The intelligence-led operations began at around 10.45 a.m. on Saturday when officers from the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) stopped two vehicles at Whitemill Road, Clonard, in Wexford town.
Three men were arrested at the scene on suspicion of money laundering offences and were brought to Wexford Garda Station where they were detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.
The two vehicles were stopped by armed members of the GNDOCB and around €500,000 was seized.
A follow-up search was conducted at a house in the Slevoy area of Foulksmills where a quantity of cash - in the region of €100,000 - was discovered.
A woman in her late 30s, who is from Wexford, was arrested at the house and brought to Wexford Garda Station for questioning.
Gardai also went to another house but when they arrived at the scene a man driving a camper van left at high speed and following a chase was stopped and arrested.
He had a large sum of money in his possession, which was vacuum packed and contained in hold-all bags.
Meanwhile, two men appeared at yesterday's (Monday's) sitting of Wexford District Court charged with having possession of money in contravention of money laundering and terrorist legislation.
One of them was remanded in custody to appear again, via video link, at Wexford District Court on October 1. The other defendant was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court this coming Friday (28th).