A total of 21 premises were searched, including the offices of solicitors and accountants. Documentation seized in the Republic has been taken by the Criminal Assets Bureau for examination.
The searches, carried out under “Operation Jutty,” were led in the Republic by CAB.
The operation is aimed at the investigation of assets of those people involved in oil laundering and smuggling and, in particular, one man in County Monaghan. He is regarded as the ringleader of the group, and is suspected of involvement in large-scale illegal fuel laundering and smuggling for many years.
In the Republic, searches were carried out in counties Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal. The searches in the North were focused on the South Armagh area.
Five searches south of the border were carried out at the offices of professional companies, while a further nine searches were carried out at commercial and residential addresses.
Some of the search sites were at businesses selling fuel, while others were at houses with yards where garda