Eight people to appear in court after 50 gardai carry out early-morning operation targeting gangs
Eight people are due to appear in court this evening in connection with an early-morning garda operation targeting drug distribution.
An operation this morning, involving 50 gardai including the Armed Support Unit, saw nine people arrested.
One woman has since been released without charge.
Seven men and one woman will appear before a special sitting of Longford District Court at 4.30pm today in relation to this incident.
Those arrested were aged between 18 and 55 and are were held at garda stations in Roscommon and Longford.
Drugs, including cannabis, cocaine and heroin, were also seized, as well as three cars.
In a statement this morning, Longford Garda Station Superintendent James Delaney said: "This morning’s operation, involving over 50 Gardaí, focused on the disruption of criminal gangs and their activities in the distribution of controlled drugs in the greater Longford area.
"The operation has caused significant disruption to those who are engaged in this type of activity. This type of operation is dependent on highly specialised Gardaí attached to the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau supported by local Gardaí from the Divisional Drugs Unit.
"It is strong evidence of the continued commitment of An Garda Síochána to enhancing the quality of life in our communities by removing and disrupting this kind of activity from our streets and towns."