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CAB Coordinates Raids In Eight Counties Including Co. Tipperary

Fifty members of the Criminal Assets Bureau, supported by the Emergency Response Unit and the Regional Support Unit from the Garda Western Region, carried out a coordinated series of searches on an organised crime gang involved in the sale and supply of drugs.

Property seized included six cars; one x 191 registered Ford Focus; two x 181 registered Ford Focus; one x 181 registered Ford Ranger; two x 161 registered Ford Focus and a ‘TuffMac’ general duty car trailer; all with an estimated combined value of some €120,000.

More than 100 Garda members were involved in some 21 searches across counties Tipperary, Longford, Offaly, Laois, Westmeath, Cavan, Roscommon and Dublin. We understand that these searches were focused on 5 residential addresses; 16 business premises, mainly car dealerships and one midland Solicitor’s office.

Cocaine valued at €25,000 was also seized and freezing orders were placed on six bank accounts which contained approximately €50,000.

Also seized were drug paraphernalia, computers, mobile phones, financial documents, fake €20 bank notes, 3 Rolex watches and a quantity of lady’s designer handbags.

A male in his 20’s has been arrested by local Gardaí under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud) Offences Act, 2001

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Co. Tipperary Comes Under Attack From ‘Scam’ Telephone Callers

Since Monday last, Co. Tipperary is currently under attack from ‘Scam’ Telephone callers.

Numerous Tipperary individuals have been in receipt of telephone calls, both yesterday and today; same appearing to emanate from telephone numbers 0014934549 and 0050541810.

The callers claim to represent ‘Visa Card’ and ask “if you have used your card to purchase €600.00 of goods at 6:30am this morning”. These immediately identifiable Pakistan / Indian sounding male scum-bags, behind these calls, are insistent that they genuinely represents Visa. If you state you indeed have used your card, he immediately hangs up .

Since some of our readers do not use Visa, it was easy to ‘play along with’ the callers, once their targeted individual confirmed that they had not used their Visa Card today.

In reality these callers are attempting what are known as ‘Vocal Phishing’ or ‘Vishing’ scams, latter which we have warned all our readers about on numerous occasions in the past.

Please do keep in mind, particularly prior to Christmas, that no truly genuine financial instution or representative from any financial business organisation or indeed the staff from within the Public Service will ever call and seek personal, private, details or other data, either over the phone or by email contact.

Should you get such calls simply disconnect from your caller.

Do warn your elderly parents and friends about this current activity, as already such actions have cost, numerous people, thousands of Euro’s, latter having provided, in full, these low-life individuals with their personal privileged data.

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Male Arrested In Thurles In Connection With Attack On TD Martin Kenny

A male, believed to be from the Thurles area, is currently being detained at Thurles Garda Station, under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

The arrest follows investigations by Gardaí into an arson attack, last week, on the car of a democratically elected Sinn Fein representative Mr Martin Kenny, at his home in Aughavas, near Ballinamore in Co. Leitrim.

The arson attack, targeting Deputy Kenny’s motor vehicle, [a married father of four children], occurred some days after he received death threats.

These death threats followed an earlier speech given in Dáil Éireann, where the forty-eight-year old Mr Kenny, slammed fear-mongering and unnecessary hysteria, being whipped up by members of the far right movement, in relation to immigration.

A Garda statement last night stated: “Gardaí in Leitrim investigating an incident of criminal damage by fire which occurred in the Aughavas area of Co Leitrim at approximately 2.30am on 28th October 2019, have today arrested a male aged in his mid-40’s”.

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Gardaí Swoop On Cannabis Grow House At Mullinahone, Thurles

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What has been described as a ‘sophisticated cannabis grow house’ has been discovered by Gardaí, some 32.4 km (20 miles); just a 32 minute drive from Thurles, Co. Tipperary, via the R690.

The grow house was located at a house close to the village of Mullinahone, Thurles, on late Monday evening last, resulting in the seizure of 60 suspected cannabis plants, latter with an estimated value of €48,000 and cannabis herb, same worth approximately €4000. Total estimated value of the seizure some €52,000.

Two males, understood to be aged in their 40’s, from Co. Kilkenny and Co. Tipperary respectively, were arrested at the scene by the Kilkenny/Carlow Divisional Drug Unit, latter having executed a search warrant.

The two men arrested at the scene were brought to Kilkenny Garda Station; both detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996. They have since been charged and are expected to appear before the courts within the next 14 days, on a date yet to be finalised.

The drug haul will now be forwarded for full analysis.

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19.6kgs Of Tobacco Seized In Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

Revenue officers have seized 19.6 kilograms of “roll-your-own” tobacco in Nenagh, North Co. Tipperary. Same following warranted searches of two targeted premises in the area.

A female aged in her late 40’s and a man aged in his early 20’s have since been interviewed in relation to the seizures.

The tobacco, which bore the brand name ‘Amber Leaf’, held a retail value of approximately €11,500.
Sales of same would have represented a loss to the Irish Exchequer of some €9,600.

Revenue officials confirm that investigations are further ongoing, with a view to possible prosecutions

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