Irish Drug Gangs using 007, Shaken not Stirred, to Hide their Cash. As Top Cop John O’Driscoll said Cash is their Lifeblood. Using Drug Mules, False Business Fronts and the Rest is their Modus Operandi (“MO”)

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Drug dealers using James Bond-style secret compartments to hide cash from Criminal Assets Bureau

Exclusive: The false bottoms and secret compartments show how gangs have upped their efforts to hide the proceeds of crime

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Drug dealers are using James Bond-style secret compartments in cars to hide huge sums of cash from the Criminal Assets Bureau.

Massive wads of notes have been uncovered in recent months including a haul of more than €1million hidden in a vehicle in Dublin.

On another occasion, in a car where a large amount of cash was found, officers from a crack Garda unit discovered that if they tried a number of switches on the dashboard in sequence a tray underneath the vehicle popped out.

A senior Garda source told the Irish Mirror: “Crime gangs are bringing in cars that are specially adapted to conceal huge amounts of cash.

“You wouldn’t find all the vacuum-packed cash without a really thorough search of the car.

“They are either bringing in the cars specially adapted from abroad or they’re using foreign mechanics who are adept at this to rig-out the cars.

“They’ll cut the car open.”

Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) – stock image (Image: An Garda Siochana)

The false bottoms and secret compartments show how gangs have upped their efforts to hide the proceeds of crime, which are often used to buy more drugs.

A source told the Irish Mirror: “The movement of cash is big now, they have to get the cash out of the country to keep it away from the CAB.

“And they have to get the cash out of the country to buy more drugs in the UK and Europe.”

Gardai have made significant inroads into stopping the movement of money by crime gangs.

Last October, officers seized €4million in vacuum-packed cash from a house in Kerry in one of the biggest seizures in the history of the State.

The war on organised crime is being led by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau which was set up in March 2015.

Since then it has seized €206million in drugs, 133 guns, 5,516 rounds of ammunition and €21.7million in cash.Gardai have retrieved almost €4million in notes this year.

Speaking about the gangs involved, Head of Organised and Serious Crime Asst Commissioner John O’Driscoll said: “Cash is the lifeblood of these organisations.”

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