Catalytic converters worth €600,000 seized by gardai

by Kim O Leary

Catalytic converters worth more than €600,000 have been seized by gardai following searches at Dublin Port and a northside storage facility.

The initial discovery of the car parts, estimated to be worth €480,000 were seized at the port on Friday, April 16th.

In a follow up operation on Monday 26th April, a vehicle was stopped and searched by gardai on the N7.

During the search, 23 catalytic converters worth €23,000 were seized.

A further search was carried out a storage facility in the Dublin 11 where 135 catalytic converters, valued at €108,000, were also recovered.

A man in his 30s was arrested and detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Ballymun Garda station

He has since been released without charge with a file now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

A garda spokesman said investigations into the finds are ongoing.

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