TWO TEENAGE BOYS and five other men were arrested this morning as part of an investigation into a number of armed robberies and other organised criminal activities in the southeast
More than 60 Gardaí were involved in 10 morning time raids across Carlow and Laois during which a firearm and a small number of cannabis plants were seized.
The operations were part of an intelligence-led investigation into the activities of organised criminal groups whose members are believed to be responsible for more than 70 crimes committed in Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary over the past 12 months.
Those offences include aggravated burglary, armed robbery, ATM robberies, attempted ATM theft, carjacking and criminal damage.
The two teens and five men are being detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act. They can be held for up to seven days. The teenagers are being held at Carlow Garda Station, while two more, who are in their 20s, are being questioned at Kilkenny Garda Station. Another two – also in their 20s – are being held at Thurles and New Ross Garda Stations. The final man, who is in his 30s, was taken to Thomastown.
The search and arrest missions were operated by gardaí in the south eastern region who were assisted by members of the Regional Support Unit, detectives from the National Bureau of Criminal investigation and officers from Revenue Customers Service.