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Car, jewellery, drugs and Dubai deeds seized as gardaí arrest 14 in major operation

Gardaí said the searches were conducted as part of Operation Coronation, “a central plank” of the plan targeting organised crime in Limerick.

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Updated Jun 17th 2020, 5:51 PM

A TOTAL OF 14 arrests have now been made following a major garda operation in the Limerick, Clare and Tipperary areas involving 67 searches and 170 gardaí. 

A number of different garda units took part in the searches, which targeted drug trafficking, money laundering and gang-related activities in Limerick city and its surroundings.

As part of Operation Coronation, searches were carried out today by members attached to the Criminal Assets Bureau, Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation,  the Emergency Response Unit, the Armed Response Unit and Regional Dog Unit.

The premises searched were located in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary, and the operation was also supported by three teams of Irish Army Search Engineers, the Army EOD team and the army helicopter. 

13 men and one woman, all aged between their 20s-60s, were arrested as part of the operation and several seizures were made. Gardai say the following was seized:

  • Approximately €220,000 in euros, sterling, dirham (UAE currency) and old Irish currency
  • Deeds to a property in Dubai
  • One car valued at approximately €50,000
  • €100,000 worth of jewellery and luxury watches
  • High value clothing items
  • Significant evidence to support the investigation including financial accounts and property documentation.
  • €23,500 of suspected drugs
  • Two cocaine presses
  • Two bank accounts have also been frozen containing sums in excess of €119,000
  • €2,000 of suspected crack cocaine and heroin
  • €20,000 of  of suspected cannabis herb

Gardaí said Operation Coronation was established to target organised criminality in Limerick.

The efforts today were aimed at “addressing the accumulation of wealth by those engaged in serious and ongoing criminality”. 

A garda statement added that it is “part of the Limerick Divisional crime strategy and a central plank of the divisional policing plan targeting organised crime”. 

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Of those arrested, three were under money laundering offences, two were separate drugs offences involving crack cocaine, heroin and cannabis herb and three were due to bench warrants. 

Six persons charged with offences under Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

- With reporting by Rónán Duffy

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