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Seven men arrested by gardaí in Cavan extortion plot released without charge

Searches led to the discovery of a number of firearms and ammunition.

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Updated Mar 8th 2021, 10:55 PM

SEVEN MEN ARRESTED by gardaí in Co Cavan after foiling an alleged blackmail and extortion plot have been released without charge. 

Officers carried out searches of four cars during an intelligence-led operation yesterday afternoon.

The searches resulted in the discovery of a number of firearms and ammunition as well as balaclavas. Mobile phones and other items were also seized.

All seven men are currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Ballyconnell and Cavan Garda Stations.

A garda spokesman said: “All seven men arrested in relation to a potential blackmail / extortion plot in Co Cavan, yesterday, Sunday 7th March, been released without charge. Files will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.”

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