Listowel-based detectives arrested a man in his late 20s in the town on Monday in connection with Friday’s dramatic CAB raid targeting a suspected crime gang involved in the sale and supply of illegal drugs.
Up to 60 CAB officers and local gardaí, accompanied by members of the Garda Southern Region Armed Support Unit (ASU), swooped on four properties in a cavalcade of multiple cars and jeeps in the ordinarily peaceful North Kerry town shortly after dawn on Friday.
The massive search operation was initially reported to have seized €12,600 in cash, a Mercedes car, two Rolex watches, a caravan suspected to have been stolen, electronic devices and documents, as well as suspected cocaine to an estimate street value of €2,000.
However, The Kerryman can reveal that up to a further €10,000-worth of cocaine and €2,060 in cash was seized as the investigation continued.
Meanwhile, Interpol confirmed to the investigation that the caravan seized in the raid was listed on an EU-wide database of stolen goods.
The caravan was seized by Listowel gardaí on Friday, rather than by CAB officers, as it was not strictly deemed an ‘asset’ – but rather a suspected stolen item at the time of the raid. Stolen goods can often end up with innocent consumers.
Detectives in Listowel moved on Monday to arrest one man, in his late 20s, in connection with the raids.
He was taken to Tralee Garda Station, where he was questioned over several hours in relation to the seizure of cocaine and of the €2,060 in cash.
The man was released on Monday night without charge, with a file now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the matters on which he was questioned.
A professional service was also involved in the operation, but only as it was believed to have held some documents of interest to the investigation. The service was entirely law-abiding and only fell under the ambit of the probe over documents relating to properties searched.