More than 60 Gardaí, employed in the South Eastern region, have arrested six men as part of their ongoing operational set up to target, disrupt and eventually dismantle the illegal manufacturing and trafficking of medicines and other controlled drugs.
The searches began before dawn at some 20 locations; targeting the gangs and seizing six tablet-making machines, latter which had the capacity to make hundreds of thousands of controlled and illegal drugs.
All six men, believed to be from Kilkenny city, were detained as a result of a number of searches over the past year in which facilities used to manufacture medicines were discovered at locations here in Tipperary and also in Limerick, Kilkenny, Galway and Roscommon.
A number of searches were conducted in Kilkenny, Carlow, Glenmore, Bennettsbridge, Lismore and Waterford this morning, (16th December 2014). These planned searches involving Gardaí from the Kilkenny/ Carlow, Tipperary, Waterford and Roscommon backed up by members of the Regional Support Units and the Garda Dog Unit.
The six men, all ranging in ages from their mid 20’s to mid 40’s are now being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at various Garda Stations in the South Eastern Region.