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Gardai make huge number of arrests after house raids targeting criminals

Gardai make huge number of arrests after house raids targeting criminals

A total of 30 people were arrested this morning after gardai raided 12 houses in Co Carlow.

As part of Operation Thor, a garda operation was carried out this morning in the Carlow District.

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 District.

A massive amount of arrests were made during the searches:

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

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

- 16 people were arrested under warrant.

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

Two cars 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. 

Searches, arrests and warrant execution are continuing throughout the day.