Gardaí from the Kilkenny-Carlow Division have arrested 42 people and seized €20,000 worth of Drugs as part of Operation Thor – Project Storm today in Co. Kilkenny.

Five vehicles have also been seized as part of the operation, which aimed to prevent crime, disrupt criminal activity, apprehend criminals and to enhance Community engagement.

It included Garda checkpoints and Community Gardaí informing members of the public to increase awareness of protection of personal property and possessions.

As part of the operation Gardaí conducted the following:

• 77 checkpoints
• 21 premises searched
• 27 arrests for theft, assault, fraud, burglary and drugs offences
• 15 arrests on warrant
• 5 vehicles seized (3 under Section 41, 2 for PSV offences)
• 21 properties searched
• Total of €20,000 worth of Drugs seized from 11 incidents

Seventeen people are currently detained at Kilkenny and Carlow Garda Stations and a further ten have been charged to appear before the courts in the coming weeks.

Operation Storm also concentrates on interaction with local clubs and organisations. Crime Prevention stands were set up over the course of the Operation giving information leaflets throughout the community.

Crime Prevention stands were set up over the course of the Operation giving information leaflets throughout the community.