A number of homes and businesses have been searched in Dublin and Laois as part of an investigation targeting an international drug-dealing gang.

The Criminal Assets Bureau carried out searches this morning at two homes in Terenure and Blanchardstown, as well as the offices of a solicitor and an accountant in Dublin.

Documentation, phones and electronic devices were seized and around €40,000 has been frozen in an account in relation to possible money laundering offences.

CAB officers were joined by personnel from the Garda Emergency Response Unit, local gardaí and officers from the Garda National Immigration Bureau.

The CAB is also investigating the ownership of three houses in Tipperary, Cork and Laois which they suspect have been used as cannabis growhouses.

They say no arrests have been made but the investigation is continuing.

Gardaí believe the gang rents and buys houses which are then used as cannabis growhouses.

Asian immigrants, usually poor and illegal and often from Vietnam, are then put into the houses as gardeners to cultivate and harvest the drugs.