AN Audi car and a Rolex watch were among items seized in a Criminal Assets Bureau operation in Cork, Limerick and Waterford today.
The swoop on nine addresses were made as a result of ongoing investigations and information developed from local divisional criminal assets profilers, according to gardaí.
The operation also involved the Garda Armed Support Unit from the Limerick Division and was focussed on the assets and activities of an individual involved in the provision of building services and unlicensed security services to the construction industry.
Four residential properties were searched, along with one business premises, and three professional premises. The latter were accountants, architects, and a motor dealership, according to a garda statement.
Documents were seized, along with electronic storage devices and other paperwork.
The Audi was a 181-registered Q7 SUV.
A garda statement said: "This is an evidence-gathering phase of the CAB investigation.
In any CAB investigation, where evidence of specific criminal activity is identified these activities are referred to An Garda Síochána for criminal investigation.
This is one of a number of ongoing CAB investigations relating to the extortion of monies for the provision of building services and unlicensed security services."
In a separate two-day CAB operation in Cork, targeting the activities of a Cork-based criminal group, a number of searches were carried out yesterday and today.
During the two-day operation searches were conducted at five premises by Bureau Officers including three motor dealerships, an Insurance brokers and a jewellery store, where documentation was seized.
All searches were conducted under the authority of CAB Warrants, Section 14 Criminal Assets Bureau Act, 1996.
Searches carried during this phase of the investigation are a follow up to a previous operation in April 2019 when a total of ten motor vehicles, four Rolex Watches and €31,500 in cash were seized from the group.