Organised Crime Unit

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The Garda Organised Crime Unit (OCU) was set up on a part-time basis in November 2005 and was later announced to be used on a full-time basis on 31 January 2008 by the Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy.

The Unit is in charge of tackling organised crime within Ireland. It is made up of 70 Gardaí who work closely with The Garda National Drug Unit and The Garda National Immigration Bureau. In 2007 the unit was responsible for up to 130 arrests, for crimes which included armed robbery, drug trafficking, aggravated burglary and firearms offences. The unit conducted 120 searches, seized 30 firearms and drugs with a value of €7 million.