Two arrests as €75,000 in stolen property seized

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Published 31/03/2016 | 00:00

Gardaí are waiting to question a seriously injured man about the circumstances surrounding the suspicious death of an 11-month-old baby boy
Gardaí are waiting to question a seriously injured man about the circumstances surrounding the suspicious death of an 11-month-old baby boy

TWO women were arrested and what is believed to be stolen property worth €75,000 was seized during a series of coordinated searches in Enniscorthy, Bunclody and Waterford areas on Tuesday.

The intelligence-led operation targeted an organised criminal gang operating nationally and in the South East.

Gardai said the two women, both in their mid-40s, had been detained at Enniscorthy Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, and were due to appear in court in Donegal.

A senior garda spokesman said the property was seized from a number of addresses in Enniscorthy, Bunclody and Waterford.

The south east-based gang was a major target of Operation Fiacla which was launched in 2012. They are suspected of being behind raids across the country including in Donegal and South Armagh.

The operation involved 80 members of the gardai who took part in nine co-ordinated searches with the assistance of the Criminal Assets Bureau, Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, Stolen Motor Vehicle Investigation Unit, Garda Air Support and officers from Revenue Customs and Excise.

Earlier this year gardai raided addresses in the Glenbrien/Brownswood area during investigations into criminal activity in the area believed linked to last week's security operation.

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