Gardaí carry out more than 40 raids, arrest 42 people, seize five cars - in just 24 hours across one county
Gardaí in Kilkenny arrested 42 people and raided more than 40 properties across the county in less than 24 hours.
Officers from the Kilkenny-Carlow division also seized €20,000 worth of drugs and five vehicles during the searches.
The operation, named Project Storm, aimed to "prevent crime, disrupt criminal activity, apprehend criminals and to enhance community engagement", according to the gardaí.
The full operation included;
- 77 checkpoints
- 21 premises searched
- 27 arrested for theft, assault, fraud, burglary and drugs offences,
- 15 arrests on warrant
- 5 vehicles seized
- 21 properties searched
- Total of €20,000 worth of drugs seized from 11 incidents
Seventeen people are now currently detained at Kilkenny and Carlow Garda Stations under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 and a further 10 have been charged to appear before the courts in the coming weeks.
Crime Prevention stands were also set up at local clubs and organisations, with information leaflets being given to the public.