Two lorries seized at Dublin Port on suspicion of smuggling

Two lorries seized at Dublin Port on suspicion of smuggling

TWO lorries have been detained at Dublin Port as part of a smuggling investigation.

The seizures occurred on Tuesday morning, and the two vehicles are now being check out by gardai, according to JOE.

Gardai released the following statement in relation to the detained lorries:

"As part of an ongoing Criminal Assets Bureau investigation into a cross border organised crime group suspected to be involved in smuggling, two (2) Tractor Units and two (2) Curtain Sided Trailer Units have been detained at Dublin Port this morning."

This investigation comes after 39 migrants were found dead in the back of a refrigerated lorry container in Essex last month.

Links to smuggling rings, with connections to the island of Ireland have been made, and a number of Northern Irishmen have been linked to the tragedy, with two having already been arrested and charged with manslaughter and human trafficking in connection with the case.

Mo Robinson from Co. Armagh, who was diving the lorry with the migrants inside, was arrested at the scene where the bodies were found and has been in police custody ever since, appearing via telecast at a magistrates court hearing last month.

It's alleged that Robinson drove the cab of the lorry into the UK through Dublin Port, before eventually picking up the aforementioned container in Essex, just hours before the discovery was made.

Elsewhere, a 23-year man has been arrested and charged by Essex Police.

Authorities have also been on the hunt for Northern Irish brothers Ronan and Christopher Hughes, also from Armagh, and released a statement last week, urging the duo - who are currently on the run - to hand themselves in.