Sunday 25 February 2018

89 people arrested under Operation Wireless

Garda operation also conducted 419 searches across country

SOME 89 people have been arrested under Operation Wireless following more than 400 planned searches across the country.

Cocaine, cash and parts for stolen cars  were seized in the Garda crackdown.

Almost 90 people were arrested for a range of offences as 419 planned searches were carried out across the country.

More than 20 suspects were detained on foot of bench warrants, with five foreign nationals due before the High Court after extradition warrants were executed.

Gardai said Operation Wireless III started yesterday morning and continued through the night.

The searches - co-ordinated by Garda national support services at Harcourt Square - relate to stolen property, drugs and firearms connected with criminal investigations nationwide.

As part of the operation, gardai raided a house in Cushlawn Park, Tallaght, at 10.45pm where 5.5kg (12lb) of cocaine, cash and assorted drug paraphernalia were discovered. The drugs have an estimated street value of 385,000 euros (£324,000).

A 34-year-old man was arrested at the scene and was being held at Tallaght Garda station.

Officials from Department of Social Welfare and Customs officers also joined a search of a yard in the Balbriggan area of north Co Dublin where parts for up to eight stolen vehicles were recovered.

A Garda spokesman said: "There have been a total of 419 planned searches carried out nationwide resulting in 89 arrests for a range of offences including robbery, burglary, theft, handling stolen property, possession of drugs, and firearms offences.

"In excess of 20 persons were arrested on foot of bench warrants.

"The searches relate to stolen property, drugs, firearms and other types of evidence relevant to ongoing criminal investigations across the country."

The five European arrest warrants were executed for offences ranging from assault, robbery, extortion, fraud and drugs offences.

"All suspects are due to appear before the High Court," he said.

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