Two large-scale Garda operations have been launched in an attempt to turn up the heat on organised crime gangs.
The first, and Longford focused operation, has already led to three arrests and up to eight cars being recovered following a recent string of burglaries.
One of the suspects, arrested and interviewed by detectives was brought before a sitting of the Court of Criminal Justice at the weekend.
He was charged with theft related offences and remanded in custody ahead of a second court appearance in at Cloverhill District Court today (Wednesday).
That followed a series of searches which were carried out by gardai in collabortion with the Organised Crime Unit and Stolen Motor Vehicle Investigation Unit.
Together with the recovery of up to eight cars, a number of items were seized.
“We identified there was an issue and we identified that there was a similar pattern in relation to burglaries,” said a senior Garda source.
Meanwhile, Gardai in the Granard District are preparing to launch a major drug dealing offensive tomorrow (Thursday).
The new ‘Safer Communities Initiative’, in conjunction with Edgeworthstown Community Alert Group, is encouraging people to report such activities and criminal related behaviour to a new, confidential hotline.
“We know that criminal activity and drug dealing are issues of major concern to the community in Edgeworthstown,” said Superintendent Sheamus McCormack
“That is why, together with the Edgeworthstown Community Alert Group, we are asking people to take action - report criminal behaviour, and particularly drug dealing activity.”
“This service is completely confidential and anonymous. It means members of the community in Edgeworthstown can feel fully confident reporting crime without fear of recrimination, ” he said.
The free phone Dial To Stop Drug Dealing number is 1800 25 00 25.