Armed gardaí carry out series of raids in Longford

Armed gardaí carry out series of raids in Longford
By Liam Cosgrove

Drugs, thousands of euro in cash, stolen property, and stun guns have all been seized following a series of raids in Longford town last Friday.

The searches were led and organised by Longford's Divisional Drugs Unit.

Traffic in one part of Longford town was stopped as several heavily-armed members of the Garda Armed Response Unit entered a number of houses as part of an operation targeting drug dealing.

Despite no arrests being made, gardaí are satisfied the operation will turn up the heat against a family known to them for many years for their suspected involvement in drug-dealing and organised crime. Searches were also carried out earlier in the week on another estate in Longford town where drugs, drug paraphernalia, cash, and a stun gun were recovered.

Both operations were part of an overall strategy rolled out in the Longford District earlier this year coinciding with the rejuvenation of its Community Policing Unit.