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