Six CAB searches in three counties after suspected trafficker became aware of Garda for ‘flashing his money’

A criminal caught by the local gardaí in Nass, Co. Kildare for “flashing out his cash” and driving around in a top-of-the-line vehicle is the latest target in raids by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).

The 41-year-old victim has previously served a prison sentence for his role in a violent attack and sources say he has established an important criminal network in Co Kildare and neighboring counties.

“One thing about this individual is that she hasn’t been shy about showing off the trappings of her wealth and this has caught the attention of local CAB profilers,” a source said.

“Information came in that he flashed his cash and the vehicle he was driving certainly raised a few eyebrows,” the source added.

Gardaí is now investigating its connections to international criminal networks and has gathered information about its associates.

The CAB seized luxury vehicles, jewelery and cash after searches in Counties Kildare, Kilkenny and Wexford this morning.

The operation involved searches at six different locations, aided by Gardaí in the Naas District and the Emergency Response Unit. No arrests were made.

The assets seized included a BMW X5 with 211 plates, two motorcycles, €13,500 in cash and 12 watches, including six Rolex watches, two Audemars Piguet watches and two Cartier watches.

“This morning’s operation was conducted in connection with ongoing CAB proceeds of a criminal investigation targeting assets linked to a major drug trafficker and his associates in the Kildare area,” a Garda spokeswoman said.

“The case was referred to the office by a profiler working in the Naas Garda district and reflects the continued importance of the asset profiler network in identifying CAB targets nationwide,” she added.

The victim has well over 20 prior criminal convictions but has not been seriously charged in recent years. He has been under Gardaí surveillance for some time.

By the end of 2020, the CAB had trained and recruited over 500 local profilers to step up its crackdown on organized crime gangs operating outside the capital.

Profilers are recruited from all Garda departments and trained before being sent back to work closely with their counterparts in their own districts.

Their job is to identify drug dealers and other criminals active in their area, profile them, and then send a dossier to CAB headquarters for investigation by the Intelligence Evaluation Board.

After a study of the profile, a decision is then made as to whether there is enough evidence to pursue the targeted figures for their wealth. That is what happened in today’s case, which led to searches in three boroughs of Leinster.

“This will be a major blow to the operations of this individual and his crew,” a source said. Six CAB searches in three counties after suspected trafficker became aware of Garda for ‘flashing his money’

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