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€2.8 million worth of catalytic converters seized in one week period

Over €2.8 million worth of catalytic converters have been seized in Co Dublin over the past week.

Gardaí this morning revealed it seized catalytic converters to the value of €480,000 in Dublin Port on Friday last, April 16.

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In a follow up operation yesterday, Monday April 26, a vehicle was stopped by Gardaí on the N7. In the course of a search of the vehicle 23 catalytic converters valued at €23,000 were seized.

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

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€2.2 million worth of catalytic converters were also seized on Thursday, April 22 during a search operation in Dublin 11.

During the course of the search operation, Gardaí seized 2,150 catalytic converters with an estimated value of €1.2 million.

Gardaí also seized 14 drums of smelted catalytic converters; each drum contained approximately 300 catalytic converters in powder form. The value of the smelted catalytic converters is estimated at €1 million, Gardaí said.

Gardaí state that the search was conducted as part of the ongoing investigation into the theft of catalytic converters throughout the Dublin Metropolitan Region and subsequent regions.

Two arrests have been made to date in relation to these thefts, while investigations are ongoing.