Eighteen arrested in crime crackdown amid violent gang feud
Gardaí have arrested 18 people as part of a crackdown on crime in Drogheda, where a violent dispute has been ongoing in recent months.
In total, 34 searches were carried out yesterday as part of Operation Stratus, an initiative targeting crime and feuding in the Louth town.
The 18 arrests were made in relation to outstanding warrants and crimes including burglary, and were not specifically targeting the feuding gangs.
Gardaí said that 16 people were arrested on foot of outstanding warrants within the Drogheda Garda district.
They have since been brought before both the district court and circuit court on foot of these warrants.
A further two men, aged 19 and 23, were arrested on suspicion of crime within the Drogheda area in recent weeks.
The teenager was charged and brought before Dundalk District Court.
The 23-year-old man was last night still in Garda custody under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
Five vehicles were also seized during an operation by the Drogheda Road Policing Unit.
A total of 35 on-the-spot penalty notices were issued for a variety of road traffic offences.
In recent months, Drogheda has been plagued by a violent crime feud which has seen more than 80 incidents.
Three attempted gun murders have also been carried out, along with fire-bomb attacks and punishment beatings.