Seven arrested after extortion attempt in Co Cavan

Monday, March 8
IRELAND


Newsdesk

Gardaí in Cavan have arrested seven men following an operation targeting a potential Blackmail/Extortion plot in Co. Cavan, yesterday afternoon.

Acting on information received, Gardaí identified four cars in the area and conducted a number of stop and searches.

A search of the first car resulted in the arrest of its occupants, two men in their 20s, under Section 15 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001.

A search of a second car resulted in the discovery of a number of balaclavas. 

The occupants of the car, three men all aged in their 30s were arrested under Section 15 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001.

A stop and search of a third car resulted in the discovery of a number of concealed firearms and ammunition. 

The sole occupant of the vehicle, a man in his 40s was arrested under Section 15 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001.

A fourth vehicle was stopped and searched and the sole occupant, a man in his 30s was arrested under Section 15 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001.

All seven men are currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Ballyconnell and Cavan Garda Stations.

A number of mobile phones and other items have been seized.