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Three in court over organised crimes, including armed robberies

The charges come as part of a Garda crackdown on organised crime in the southeast.

THREE MEN ARE due before a special sitting of Carlow District Court this afternoon in connection with an investigation into organised crime in the southeast.

A fourth man has already appeared before a judge as part of the same Garda operation. Another three males, who were detained on Wednesday following a Garda search and arrest operation, were released without charge. A file was prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The three men to appear in court today are charged in relation to an inquiry into a number of armed robberies and other organised criminal activities across Carlow, Kilkenny and Tipperary.

More than 60 Gardaí were involved in 10 morning time raids across Carlow and Laois on Wednesday, during which the men were arrested and 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 the counties over the past 12 months.

Those offences include aggravated burglary, armed robbery, ATM robberies, attempted ATM theft, carjacking and criminal damage

Earlier: Two teens among seven arrested over armed robberies>

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