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Gardai are continuing to question two Eastern Europeans following a traumatic kidnap of a woman in Longford town on Wednesday evening

Gardai are continuing to question two Eastern Europeans following a traumatic kidnap of a woman in Longford town on Wednesday evening

Gardai are continuing to question two Eastern Europeans following a traumatic kidnap of a woman in Longford town on Wednesday evening

Gardai have made more than 100 arrests during a worldwide operation against organised crime networks.

The operation, codenamed Archimedes, involved police officers from 34 countries and was carried out over nine days.

It mainly targeted the crime groups and their infrastructures in hundreds of locations across the EU.

Gardai across the nation arrested 79 suspects in relation to specific crimes and another 27 wanted on a total of 60 warrants, some for multiple offences.

A breakdown of the arrests included 40 for burglaries, 16 for thefts, four for handling stolen property, four for counterfeit euro offences, four for criminal damage, three for robbery, three for possession of offensive weapons, two for public order offences, one sex crime and one on an European arrest warrant.

Gardai said last night that while Archimedes was now over, many of the new lines of inquiry arising from the operation will lead to further investigations and arrests.

Archimedes resulted in raids and searches at hundreds of locations including airports, sea ports, border crossings, specific crime "hot spots" in towns and cities, which had featured on intelligence dossiers compiled by Europol and drawn from specific information supplied by the Garda and other forces in the EU and other countries from their national databases.

Overall, the operation led to 1,027 arrests, the seizure of 599 kilos of cocaine, 200 kilos of heroin and 1.3 tonnes of cannabis and the rescue of 30 Romanian children from potential trafficking.

While disrupting the crime networks, police also cracked down on the use of the internet as a facilitator for crime and tackled the illegal movement of the proceeds of crime through money transfer systems.

Checks were carried out on around 10,000 irregular migrants. This led to the arrest of 170 criminal facilitators.

Irish Independent