The criminal assets bureau is involved in 11 investigations in County Clare.
Four of these are currently at a preliminary stage.
The figures have been revealed at today’s meeting of the Joint Policing Committee in Ennis, where members have called for greater efforts to be made to make people aware of potential CAB targets in this county.
The criminal assets bureau was established in 1996 and works locally, nationally and internationally to recover the proceeds of crime.
Det Chief Supt Patrick Glavin told the monthly meeting of Clare’s Joint Policing Committee that CAB is working closely with local Gardai to identify and investigate targets in this county.
Eight Gardai in the Clare Division have received specialist training from CAB and work as ‘asset profilers’. This gives them the skills to profile potential targets and to search for assets.
In this county currently, CAB have seven full investigations underway.
There are four preliminary investigations, whereby targets are being considered by CAB and may go on to be investigated as full targets.
A number of members of the JPC, including Cllr Gerry Flynn called for greater efforts to be made to raise awareness in the general public in Clare of the workings of CAB.
Cllr Flynn said there were concerns in Shannon about the number of people living ‘excessive looking; lifestyles, without an obvious income to support them.’
Det Chief Supt Glavin urged concerned members of the public to raise their concerns with their local Garda station or to contact CAB directly on 01 6663266 or by emailing [email protected]