Wednesday 7 December 2016

High powered cars and €80k of cannabis seized as man arrested in Operation Thor swoop

Published 01/09/2016 | 13:17

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A man in his 50s was arrested on the N11 in Wexford on Wednesday afternoon as part of Operation Thor.

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As part of the covert operation a targeted intelligence led operation was put in place by gardai from the Dublin and Eastern regions to combat the distribution of stolen vehicles.

The operation focused on an organised crime gang that were stealing cars in residential burglaries across Dublin.

Gardaí stopped  and searched a car on the N11, Co Wexford on Wednesday afternoon.

During the course of the search of this vehicle car parts, believed to be stolen, were recovered.

One man is his 50s was arrested and is currently detained at Tallaght Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 – Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended.

In a follow-up operation gardaí searched premises in the Summerhill area of Co. Meath.

During the course of this search three cars, an Audi A4, an Audi A3 and VW Golf, were recovered. The Volkswagen Golf car was partially dismantled.

In addition gardai recovered four kilos of cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €80,000. A number of private houses have also been searched

During a search of a property in Co Wicklow three cars, Audi A5, an Audi A1 and a Hyundai Tuscan, were recovered. All are believed to be stolen earlier in burglaries.

Gardai believe that this Thor operation is a significant result in targeting this organised crime gang.

This investigation into the distribution network for stolen car parts is ongoing.

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