Anti-gangland raids in Limerick lead to nine arrests
Nine men suspected of links to organised crime were arrested in a series of raids in Limerick today.
The suspects, all aged in their 20s and 30s, are believed to have links to crime gangs in the city.
No firearms were recovered in the anti-gangland operations but gardai said searches would continue throughout the day.
It is understood scores of gardai, including the heavily armed elite Emergency Response Unit which only returned to the city's streets two weeks ago, were involved in the operation.
A Garda spokesman said seven men were being held under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act and can be detained for a total of seven days.
One man was detained under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act and another under section four of the Criminal Justice Act.
Officers from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the National Immigration Bureau were also drafted in for the operation.