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Smuggling “unique” to Louth, says CAB Chief Officer

Officers say investigations related to drug activity make up most of their main targets in Louth, with smuggling also a pervasive threat in the region.

Officers from the Criminal Asset Bureau and An Garda Siochana.

The Criminal Assets Bureau have conducted 35 investigations against criminals in Louth, it has been revealed.

The Bureau’s Chief Officer Patrick Clavin told local councillors, Gardai and community representatives at the recent Joint Policing Committee that CAB have conducted 25 full investigations and 10 preliminary investigations against targets in the Louth Garda Division.


Clavin confirmed that criminals involved in drug activity make up 33% of their main targets in Louth, with smuggling accounting for 25% and burglary for 8%. He described smuggling as “unique to this part of the country.”

Nationally, drugs and burglaries make up the main targets of the Bureau. “The standard to become a target of CAB is quite high,” he added. “There isn’t a pressure on us to go for value. Some cases probably cause us money. Once it meets our legal criteria, we go for it.”

There are seven trained criminal asset profilers currently operating in Louth.

Anyone who suspects criminal targets may be living off the assets of crime can contact the Criminal Assets Bureau anonymously to give a tip. They can be contacted on 01 666 3266 or at [email protected] or on social media.

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