Three men have been arrested during Garda raids across Ireland as Gardaí investigate an alleged organised international criminal organisation involved in aiding illegal immigration.
The operation, which was launched by the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB), ran parallel with similar police searches in the UK by British Immigration Enforcement. Europol agents were also reportedly involved.
The gardaí raided five properties in Dublin, as well as one in Wicklow, arresting alleged gang members who had been accused of using the EU’s common travel area to facilitate illegal immigration. Police also seized what are believed to be false financial and immigration documents, phones, and cash.
“This operation was undertaken by the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) with a view to protecting the common travel area operated by the UK and Ireland from being exploited by organised crime groups who are suspected to be involved in facilitating illegal immigration,” said Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, Garda Head of Organised & Serious Crime.
The three men, who were aged 26, 46, and 52, were arrested by garda detectives for alleged involvement in facilitating a criminal organisation to commit a serious offence – namely immigration fraud.