Pearson welcomes latest Assets Recovery success

Security Minister and Chair of the Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF) Ian Pearson has praised the latest success of Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) after the assets of alleged alcohol smugglers were seized yesterday.

The Minister was speaking after ARA successfully started an action against brothers Gerard and Fearghal Keenan who were allegedly involved in alcohol smuggling.

Following searches at residential and commercial premises in Keady and Dungannon, an Interim Receiver appointed to act on behalf of the High Court took control of substantial assets worth around £300,000 including: two houses in Keady and Dungannon; a series of companies known as The Kilcluney Group; the assets in 11 bank accounts; and two company vans.

Mr Pearson said: “This latest action by ARA, the second in a few days, is further proof that there is no hiding place for those who try and profit through crime.

“The Agency has shown, and is showing time and time again, its commitment to putting criminals out of business.

“Effective co-operation between agencies here through the Organised Crime Task Force is making a real difference in the fight against crime.”


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

06 December 2016
PSNI's Will Kerr To Join National Crime Agency
The Assistant Chief Constable of the PSNI has been appointed the new Director of the National Crime Agency's (NCA) Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command. Mr Will Kerr replaces Johnny Gwynne, who joined Police Scotland in September 2016 on promotion to Deputy Chief Constable.
11 June 2021
Nine People Arrested In Cross Border Operation
Eight men and one woman have been arrested by the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) as part of a cross border investigation targeting the organised illegal drug criminality linked to the INLA in Derry/Londonderry. The suspects, aged between 27 and 42, were arrested in the Derry/Londonderry and Limavady areas.
06 November 2020
Sexual Crime Victims Continually Let Down- Green Party NI
Latest official figures on sexual offences in Northern Ireland show victims are being continually let down, the Green Party has claimed. Calls for improved outcomes for victims have emerged after the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) revealed that the conviction rate for the offence of rape stands at 29.9%.
31 March 2006
Minister welcomes new powers to combat organised crime
Security Minister Shaun Woodward has today said that the introduction of new powers to track the financial affairs of those convicted for organised crime, is vital in ensuring that those who attempt to continue to profit from criminal activity are stopped.
19 June 2008
Cross Border Team To Tackle Fuel Faudsters
Law enforcement agencies from both Northern Ireland and the Republic are to establish a new cross-border group to tackle fuel fraud. The joining of forces will provide a new approach to combat the multi-million pound illegal business.