Thursday 29 June 2017

Over 50 arrested, drugs and diesel seized, as part of major garda operation

Gardai dispensing crime prevention advice in Kilkenny city previously as part Op Thor in Carlow/Kilkenny Division. Picture: @gardainfo
Gardai dispensing crime prevention advice in Kilkenny city previously as part Op Thor in Carlow/Kilkenny Division. Picture: @gardainfo
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Gardaí have arrested over 50 and seized a quantity of drugs and diesel as part of a major crime clampdown.

Operation Thor-Project Storm took place in the Kilkenny area over the past three days, a garda spokesperson has confirmed.

A total of 51 people were arrested during 19 planned searches over the past three days.

Fifteen of those arrested were detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at various Garda Stations in the Kilkenny/Carlow Division

According to a garda spokesman seven were charged in connection with assault, misuse of drugs, theft and fraud investigations. They are all due to appear before Kilkenny District Court at later dates.

A total of 35 people were arrested for court related offences. One person was arrested for the purpose of charge and appeared before Kilkenny District Court on Tuesday.

Heroin worth €1,200, cannabis herb with a value of €2,500 and €3,000 of diesel was seized.

"The planned searches were undertaken and coordinated by Garda search teams at a number of locations in the Kilkenny District. Quantities of heroin and cannabis herb were seized along with diesel, power tools and gas cylinders," a spokesperson confirmed.

As part of the operation Gardaí conducted a total of 28 checkpoints. Crime Prevention leaflets were also handed out to members of the public to increase the awareness of protection of personal property and possessions.

The statement concluded: "Operation Thor–Project Storm constitutes a high visibility targeted tactical deployment of operational resources in the Kilkenny-Carlow Division. The operation is designed to prevent crime, disrupt criminal activity, apprehend criminals wanted on warrant and enhance public relations."

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