Gang arrests made in Laois and Carlow

Seven men are in custody and one gun was seized following a garda operation in Laois and Carlow as part of an ivestigation in to criminal gang activity over the past year.

Seven men are in custody and one gun was seized following a garda operation in Laois and Carlow as part of an ivestigation in to criminal gang activity over the past year.

As part of an ongoing investigation targeting organised criminal activity Gardai from the South Eastern Region assisted by members of the Regional Support Unit, detectives from the National Bureau of Criminal investigation and Officers from Revenue Customs Service carried out a search and arrest operation across counties Carlow and Laois on Wednesday, July 18.

Gardai say the operation is part of an intelligence led investigation into the activities of organised criminal groups which are believed to be responsible for over seventy crimes committed in counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Wexford over the past twelve months. The crimes include aggravated burglary, armed robbery, ATM robberies, attempted ATM theft, unauthorised taking of vehicles, theft of plant machinery and criminal damage.

During this morning’s operation, which involved over 60 Gardai, searches were carried out at 10 residential locations resulting in the arrest of seven males along with the seizure of a firearm (silencer and scope) and drugs ( small number of cannabis plants).

They are detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007, and can be held for up to seven days.

Two males aged in their teens, Carlow Garda Garda Station and two aged in their 20s at Kilkenny Garda Station. One male aged in his 30s at Thomastown, one in his 20s at New Ross, and one in his 20s at Thurles Garda Stations.