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Monaghan: More CAB searches targeted at Irish smuggling gang

Ireland's Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB)Image copyright PA
Image caption Ireland’s Criminal Assets Bureau is a multi-agency regulation enforcement organisation (archive photograph)

Five extra companies have been searched within the Irish Republic in a smuggling investigation that “intensified” after the Essex lorry deaths final month.

It is known that two solicitors’ workplaces; two accountants’ workplaces and a hair salon in Monaghan had been searched by Ireland’s Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).

It occurred on Monday, 4 days after CAB raided 10 properties in Monaghan.

Two of the properties raided final week belong to the Hughes brothers, needed for questioning in regards to the Essex deaths.

Forty-year-old Ronan Hughes and his 34-year-old brother Christopher Hughes are needed on suspicion of the manslaughter of the 39 Vietnamese folks discovered useless in a refrigerated lorry on 23 October.

The brothers, who’ve hyperlinks to each County Monaghan and Armagh in Northern Ireland, had been recognized as suspects by Essex Police at the top of final month.

Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Christopher (left) and Ronan Hughes are needed on suspicion of manslaughter and human trafficking

The CAB searches in Monaghan had been a part of a year-long Irish investigation right into a gang suspected of worldwide smuggling offences.

Their long-running inquiry was given added impetus following the deaths in Essex final month.

During final week’s raids, CAB officers seized portions of money in numerous currencies and a lot of autos.

The bureau additionally secured court docket orders to freeze 20 financial institution accounts holding about €200,000 (£170,000) in whole.

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