Kilkenny gardai make major breakthrough in fight against organised crime: gun, ammunition, cocaine and cash seized
Gardai in Kilkenny and Waterford have made a major breakthrough in ther fight against organised crime in the south east.
Today it emerged some €35,000 worth of cocaine was recovered in Glenmore in south Kilkenny during a follow-up search after operation yesterday which resulted in the arrests of four men.
The four, suspected members of an organised crime gang, were arrested after they were caught with a gun and ammunition during a search of a vehicle.
A further €33,000 in cash was discovered in another follow-up search of a house in county Waterford.
The drama unfolded after a vehicle containing three men was stopped and searched by gardai in Glenmore at around 4pm yesterday. A gun and 40 rounds of ammunition were discovered in the car.
Three suspects, aged in their 20s and 30s, were arrested and taken to Thomastown and Waterford Garda stations where they are still being questioned under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.
Gardai from the Kilkenny and Waterford backed up by members of the Regional Armed Support unit carried out follow-up searches around the Kilkenny and Waterford.
In the search of a house in Glenmore, €35,000 worth of cocaine was discovered and fourth man, again aged in his 30s, was arrested and questioned for drug trafficking offences.
A further €30,000 in cash was discovered during a search of a house in Waterford but no arrests were made at that time.
The four men remain in gardai custody this afternoon. A local garda source told KilkennyNow.ie: “Investigations are ongoing.”