Members of Kilkenny Gardai were instrumental in a large Garda operation that has resulted in the arrest of 14 people yesterday. The arrests were part of an ongoing investigation into organised crime and drug trafficking in the south east of the country. the investigation was part of “Operation Shoe”.
Gardai from Kilkenny Garda station were drafted in to assist with the raids in Carlow. The majority of the raids focused on the Hackettstown area of county Carlow. In total 27 homes and businesses across the south east were searched. Operation Shoe apnned from Meath to Waterford with Gardai carrying out raids in Carlow, Meath, Offaly, Laois, Tipperary and Waterford in the early hours of Monday morning.
The Gardai seized a large consignment of contraband cigarettes as well as arresting 12 men and two women aged between 18 and 54.
Operation Shoe has been ongoing since October of last year, when it was established by Gardai in the Carlow/Kilkenny garda district to target organised criminal activity specifically, drug trafficking and the possession of firearms in the county Carlow and throughout the south east.
To date the operation has yielded 18 seizures of controlled substances and cash while €4.4 million worth of drugs - including cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines - has also been recovered