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Further 15 people arrested in sting following garda house raids

Further 15 people arrested in sting following garda house raids

Thirty people were arrested this morning after gardai raided 12 houses in the Carlow region, while another 15 have been were taken into custody today.

As part of Operation Thor, a garda operation was carried out today in Co Carlow.

The objectives of the operation were to prevent crime, disrupt criminal activity and apprehend criminals wanted on warrant.

A total of 12 searches of dwellings were carried out by search teams deployed at each location.

These locations were identified following on from investigations into recent crimes of burglaries and robberies which had taken place in the Carlow region.

A huge amount of arrests were made during the searches:

- 16 people were detained under the provisions of section for of the Criminal justice Act 1984, as amended, for various criminal offences.

- 14 people were charged with criminal offences and will be appearing before the courts.

- 28 people were arrested under warrant.

- Four people were arrested on suspicion of committing an offence under section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act (sale and supply of controlled substances).

The total amount of individuals arrested stands at 45, including the 30 arrests that were made this morning.

Four vehicles were also seized during the house raids.

Gardai monitored Operation Thor targets and the activities of local criminals by means of checkpoints.

Crime Prevention leaflets were handed out to non-criminal members of the public to increase the awareness of protection of personal property and possessions.

A total of 50 checkpoints are envisaged to be completed by end of operation, which is currently ongoing.

The operation involved 70 garda members including local gardai, the Mounted Unit, Dog Unit and the Regional Support Unit. 

Six of the 14 people charged were due to appear before Carlow District Court this evening at 8.30pm.