Fifth arrest made in crackdown on crime gang involving Carlow gardaí

Justin Kelly

Reporter:

Justin Kelly

A fifth suspect has been arrested as part of a crime gang crackdown involving Gardaí from Carlow.

The operation began on Thursday morning when four people were arrested while a fifth was arrested late on Thursday evening.

The man in his 30s is detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at a Garda Station in the South East Region.

The investigation into the crime gang suspected of being involved in the commission of commercial burglaries nationwide resulted in the arrest of four people earlier on Thursday. The arrests took place after at least 12 searches of properties in Enniscorthy Co.Wexford on Thursday.

At 5.30am on Thursday, in excess of 50 Garda personnel from the Divisions of Tipperary, Kilkenny Carlow, Waterford and Wexford supported by the South Eastern Regional Armed Support Unit and the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau were briefed prior the operation.

The operation is coordinated from the South Eastern Regional Organised Crime Unit under the direction of Detective Superintendent Michael Hennebry.

The search operation began simultaneously at 6.30am at 11 houses in the Enniscorthy area. During the course of the searches, Gardaí seized cash, electronic devices including phones and satellite navigation systems, walkie-talkies, car key reader, a small number of cigarettes, and financial documents.

Assistance was received from the Dog Handling Unit attached to the Customs at Rosslare Port during the searches.

Gardaí are continuing to question those arrested.