Most of the Criminals, here on the Cab, Watchlist, are from the Drogheda Area, and Baltray, Ardee?

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Criminal Assets Bureau keep suspected Louth criminals on watchlist

Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) officers. File photo

Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) officers. File photo

June 03 2022 07:00 AM

The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) are keeping tabs on almost 60 suspected criminals in Louth, as part of efforts to tackle the proceeds the crime.

New figures, obtained by the Irish Examiner, revealed there are 58 individuals across the county who are on a CAB watchlist.

These are among the 1,800 around the country who are under CAB surveillance for their ‘unexplained wealth’, with the highest number of cases reported in Dublin.

Around one in eight of those being watched by CAB were identified by ‘local asset profilers’, gardai trained by the bureau on how to identify and evaluate assets.

There are now over 580 local profilers operating throughout garda divisions. These are primarily made up of members of An Garda Síochána, however they include personnel from the Office of the Revenue Commissioners (Taxes and Customs) and Social Protection. They are described as the “eyes and the ears” of the Criminal Assets Bureau across the country.

CAB was founded in the 1990s as an independent statutory body, and is a key part of the armoury of the State in tackling criminal activity, in particular serious and organised criminal activity.

It seeks to deny and deprive criminals of assets acquired through criminal conduct. The range of criminal conduct is varied and includes drug trafficking, theft, burglary, fraud and money laundering.

Among the measures taken by CAB are the seizure of goods and assets, which can include cars, jewellery, designer clothing and cash.

CAB have also launched campaigns to encourage members of the public to report any suspected proceeds of crime, through ‘Good Citizens Reports’. 

A spokesman explained: “The Bureau is interested in any information in respect of unexplained wealth which is suspected to derive either directly or indirectly from criminal activity. The benefit of giving information to the Criminal Assets Bureau in this way is that you can do so anonymously. The Bureau can pursue a line of enquiry on the simplest of information, without any official statement or details which may identify the person giving the information.”

Members of the public can make a report either by writing directly to CAB, at Criminal Assets Bureau, Harcourt Square, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, D02 PT89 or by email to or alternatively by phoning the Bureau on 01 666 3266 and asking to speak to a Garda Bureau Officer.

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