Romanians detained in probe into NI organised crime operations


Three men have been arrested in Donegal in an investigation into a Romanian organised crime gang, Garda have said.

Three Romanian men, aged 24, 25 and 31, were arrested following the search of a house in Letterkenny on Tuesday morning.

Garda described the operation as “part of an ongoing investigation into a Romanian organised crime group” which is believed to also impact on Northern Ireland.

A large quantity of fraud paraphernalia was uncovered in the search.

Suspected cloned credit cards, credit cards issued in false names, bank account details, false Romanian identity documents, credit card machines, till rolls and a number of suspected stolen Irish and UK passports and driving licences, along with two cars bought on finance obtained on bank accounts opened in false names, were seized.

A Garda spokesman said much of the seized items relate to suspected frauds in Northern Ireland, adding that officers are working with Europol and the PSNI.

The three arrested men are being detained at Letterkenny and Milford Garda stations.