Two arrested as €400k cash seized in Wexford 1 month ago

Two arrested as €400k cash seized in Wexford

An Irish national and a Polish national were arrested on Tuesday.

Two men have been arrested after €400k cash was seized by Gardaí in Wexford.

On Tuesday (4 February), during the course of an ongoing intelligence-led investigation targeting serious and organised crime, personnel attached to the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, supported by a Special Crime Task Force, approached and interacted with the occupants of cattle transporter and a car that were parked in a lay-by on the N25, near Rosslare.

This interaction led to the discovery and seizure of an estimated €400,000 in cash and the arrest of two males, one Irish national (50 years of age) and a Polish national (35).

The arrests arose from suspicion of their potential involvement in an offence of Money Laundering, contrary to the provisions of Section 7 of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing) Act, 2010.

Gardaí said that the two arrested men are currently being detained at Wexford Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

Investigating officers have undertaken a number of related searches in Swords and Trim.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll of Special Crime Operations said:

"Removing the proceeds of crime from those involved in serious and organised crime is a particular priority of the Garda Síochána, in its attempt to dismantle organised crime groups that operate at an international level.

"This significant seizure of cash by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) follows closely after another seizure of a substantial quantity of cash last week, bringing the total amount of cash seized by that bureau, so far in 2020, to about €1 million."