Gardaí arrest 64 people and seize drugs in 'day of action' against criminals
Gardaí have arrested 64 people as part of a major operation against criminality in the south east of the country.
Drugs worth almost €40,000 and a handgun have also been seized by gardaí during the day of action part of Operation Thor in the Kilkenny/Carlow Division.
A spokesperson confirmed that 22 people were detained for a range of matters including theft, assault, fraud, misuse of drugs and burglary offences under under Section 4, Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
Nine were arrested for the purpose of charge and appeared before sittings of Carlow and Kilkenny District courts on Thursday.
A further 33 were arrested on the foot of committal and penal warrants.
Chief Superintendent Dominic Hayes, who was leading the operation said: "The objective of the operation is to disrupt criminals living in and travelling through the Kilkenny/Carlow Division.
"Criminals will be deterred from committing crime in an area perceived as being heavily policed. This operation will also assist in the detection of criminal offences through proactive policing activities”
During the operation 29 houses and one business were searched in Kilkenny City, Urlingford and Castlecomer.
Drugs, including Heroin, ecstasy, cannabis, cocaine and amphetamine, to the value of €34,000 were seized.
A grow house was also discovered at a house in Castlecomer where cannabis plants with an estimated value of €4,000 were also seized.
A handgun was recovered during a search of a house in Kilkenny city.
A total of 60 checkpoints were carried out across the Division during the course of the day.
Over 130 Gardaí were involved in the operation along with 50 students from the Garda College, Templemore.
In a unique move a visiting group of 30 European Police Officers attended a briefing at Kilkenny Garda Station and were present at some of the checkpoints as observers.