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Over 40 people arrested and 15 premises raided in Operation Thor sting

Over 40 people arrested and 15 premises raided in Operation Thor sting

Gardai arrested 41 people in County Kilkenny today and seized €2,000 worth of drugs in a crime prevention operation.

As part of Operation Thor, gardaí from the Kilkenny/Carlow Division have commenced a day of action in the Thomastown area of Co Kilkenny.

As part of today's operation, 41 people were arrested.

Of the 41, 12 have been detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 for misuse of drugs, burglary, and theft offences. 

One person has been arrested and charged with theft offences and brought before a sitting of Carlow District Court.

A further 28 people have been arrested in relation to outstanding warrants.

A total of 15 premises have been searched under the Misuse of Drugs and Theft legislation.

Cannabis with an estimated street value of €2,000 (analysis pending) was seized during a search of a house.

Fireworks, pepper spray and small amounts of illegal drugs have also been seized.

The operation is aimed at preventing crime, disrupting criminal activity, apprehending persons wanted on warrant and enhancing public relations.

Speaking earlier today, Chief Superintendent Dominic Hayes said: "The objective of today’s operation is to disrupt criminals living in and travelling through Kilkenny/Carlow Division and deter criminal activity and promote community engagement. This operation will also assist in the detection of criminal offences through proactive policing activities."

In excess of 140 gardai are currently deployed, including members of national units and 50 student gardai from the Garda College.