Gardy’s homes were searched as part of the investigation into the alleged organized crime information leak

Several homes associated with the escort service were searched as part of an investigation into information allegedly leaked to an organized criminal group.

A small number of mid-ranking officers are under investigation and were targeted this week in a coordinated operation by the National Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI).

In total, five searches were carried out in which more than half a million euros of drugs were discovered. Nearly €50,000 in cash was also confiscated, on suspicion of being the proceeds of criminal conduct.

The investigation focuses on whether sensitive information has been passed to a criminal organization involved in drug trafficking.

It is believed that this relates to a criminal gang based in Dublin and that information about the Garda operations helped the criminal network.

While the homes of a number of service members in An Garda Síochána were searched, they were not arrested as part of the investigation.

The force’s work in connection with the investigation has not yet been suspended.

One source said, “These were searches to gather any evidence, and at this point no disciplinary action has been taken against them. They are presumed innocent.

“They are highly regarded investigators within the force and have been involved in organized crime investigations in the past.”

Garda’s investigation focuses on a small number of active duty Gardiers and a retired officer, and has shocked the broader organization.

On Wednesday, investigators recovered 600,000 euros worth of cannabis and 47,000 euros in cash during what was described as an “operation linked to organized crime”.

A 61-year-old man was also arrested in the course of searches on suspicion of enhancing the capabilities of a criminal gang to commit a serious crime.

The man, a retired lifeguard who left the force a few years ago, is still under arrest at Irchtown Garda station and can be held for up to seven days.

He must then either be charged or released from custody pending a file with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Details of the operation were announced by the police command yesterday who said it was an investigation “related to organized crime”.

“During the operation, thirty (30) kg of cannabis herb with an estimated value of €600,000 (subject to analysis) and cash in the amount of €47,000 were found.

“A 61-year-old male suspect has been arrested in the process, to date, on suspicion of involvement in offenses inconsistent with the provisions of Section 72 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006, relating to the alleged enhancement of the ability of an organized criminal to commit or facilitate a serious crime.

“The arrested person is currently being held at Ayerstown Garda station, in accordance with the provisions of Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007,” Gardy said in a statement.

The NBCI investigation has been ongoing for some time with the search and arrest this week being an important development in that investigation.

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