Three Graiguecullen men have been remanded in custody following garda raids on properties in counties Laois and Carlow last week.
Thomas Hurley of The View, Matthew Dreeling of Tommy Murphy Park and Adrian Farrell from Rosmore View were remanded when they appeared before Carlow District Court.
Theft, possession of stolen property and firearms and several road traffic offences are among the charges faced by the three men from the town which is on the Laois-Carlow border.
All three - one in his late teens, the others in their 20s will appear before Cloverhill District Court on Wednesday, July 25.
Seven males were originally taken into custody last Wednesday, July 18 whene one gun was seized as part of an ivestigation in to criminal gang activity over the past year.
Gardaí from the South Eastern Region assisted by members of the armed 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.
After the arrests Gardai said 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.
More than 60 Gardai were involved in last week’s operatoin which involved, searches at 10 residential locations resulting in the seven arrests, A firearm (silencer and scope) and drugs ( small number of cannabis plants) were also seized.
The men were 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 were taken to, Carlow Garda Garda Station while the ther men two aged in their 20s were detained 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.