Three fully-loaded firearms and heroin discovered in Roscommon in operation into crime gang activities 2 weeks ago

Three fully-loaded firearms and heroin discovered in Roscommon in operation into crime gang activities

Three 9mm pistols with loaded magazines were found in a search of a car on Wednesday night.

Three fully-loaded firearms and a small quantity of heroin were found and seized by Gardaí in an operation targeting illegal activities in Castlerea in Roscommon on Wednesday night.

As a result of an intelligence-led operation into illegal crime gang activities, Gardaí attached to the Roscommon/Longford Garda Division stopped a vehicle on Main Street in Castlerea at approximately 8.30pm on Wednesday.

During the course of the search of the vehicle, Gardaí recovered three fully-loaded firearms - 9mm pistols complete with loaded magazines. The firearms were seized and will be forwarded to the forensic laboratory for analysis.

One man in his early 30s was arrested at the scene and is currently detained at Castlerea Garda Station under the provisions of Section 30 Offences Against the State Act, 1939 for unlawful possession of firearms.

Gardaí conducted follow up searches at a location in Castlerea town, during which a small quantity of heroin was located and seized.

Investigations are ongoing.