Wed, 26 Jan 2022

DUBLIN, Ireland - A man was arrested Tuesday in relation to money laundering charges.

Near half a million euro was found when law enforcement officers intercepted a heavy-duty truck emerging from the Port Tunnel at Dublin Port on Monday night.

The interception was carried out in the course of ongoing investigations targeting persons suspected to be involved in organised crime.

The operation was performed by officers attached to the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB).

It was carried out at around 8:15pm Monday night. In the course of the search of the heavy goods vehicle, cash totalling €488,000 was located and seized.

The man arrested on Tuesday, who is aged 34, is currently detained at Mountjoy Garda station, Dublin.

The man was arrested "arising from suspicion associated with his alleged involvement in an offence of participating in the activities of a criminal organisation, to facilitate money laundering, relating to the suspected proceeds of drug trafficking, pursuant to the provisions of section 72 of Criminal Justice Act 2006," the Garda said in a statement released Tuesday.

"The outcome of this operation today reflects the fact that, in 2022, the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) will continue to prioritise the targeting of assets that are believed to be proceeds of crime, with a view to seizing the assets and initiating prosecutions in relation to those suspected to be engaged in money laundering and associated offences," Detective Chief Superintendent Seamus Boland, who is head of bureau at the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB), said Tuesday.

Gardai say the investigation is ongoing.

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