Armed police search two areas of Galway as well-known crime gangs are snared for almost €1m

Armed police search two areas of Galway as well-known crime gangs are snared for almost €1m

Galway Police carried out a major undercover operation across two areas, resulting in the seizure of several vehicles and almost €1 million worth of property.

As part of an operation targeting organised crime in the county, several premises were raided by Garda units on Monday 8 July.




Properties in Tuam and Moycullen were raided by police from the Galway Crime Branch, Galway Drugs Unit, the Police National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Armed Support Unit and the Police Dog Unit. Almost €1 million was frozen in two bank accounts, one of which was outside the jurisdiction. Several vehicles and up to 12 designer watches and other valuables were seized during the raids.

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€75,000 in cash and three vehicles (a Tiguan jeep, an Audi A5 car and a Ford Transit van) were seized during the searches.

The two bank accounts seized and frozen under money laundering legislation contained cryptocurrencies and cash worth almost €1 million. One of the accounts contained €530,000 worth of cryptocurrency and the second €465,000 in cash.

No arrests have been made so far, but investigations into the criminal network in these areas are ongoing.

In a statement to Galway Beo, a Garda spokesperson gave the latest on the raids: “As part of an operation targeting organised criminal activity in the Galway Division, Garda raids were carried out at a number of premises on Monday 8th July 2024.”

“The searches were carried out at properties in Tuam and Moycullen by Gardaí attached to the Galway Crime Branch, Galway Drugs Unit, Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Armed Support Unit and the Garda Dog Unit.”


“During these searches, €75,000 in cash, 3 vehicles (a Tiguan jeep, an Audi A5 car and a Ford Transit van) as well as a large quantity of high-value goods, including 12 designer watches and several electronic devices were seized.”

“Two bank accounts, inside and outside this jurisdiction, containing cash and cryptocurrencies worth more than €990,000 have been frozen under money laundering legislation. One of these accounts contained €530,000 in cryptocurrency and the second €465,000 in cash.”


“No arrests have been made to date. The operation to disrupt and dismantle organised crime groups within the Galway Division continues.”

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