Four members from a Dublin based Real IRA gang were detained by gardai in Longford last week in connection with an alleged extortion racket, the Leader has learned.
Officers arrested the four men in Co Longford last Thursday afternoon after gardai received a complaint the gang were in the area in an attempt to obtain money from a Longford based criminal.
It’s understood the four men called to a location on the outskirts of Longford town shortly after 1pm and demanded a sum from the victim, believed to be in the region of €50,000.
Upon receipt of the tip off, detectives and the Gardai’s Regional Support Unit, who were in Longford for another matter, set up a number of checkpoints across the county in a bid to track down those involved.
Following a search, all four men were arrested by members of Granard Gardai before later detained at Longford and Roscommon Garda stations.
No charges were handed down to any of the men the Leader understands with a file likely to sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) over the next number of days.