Gardaí conducting a search of a car in Laois on Monday afternoon found a loaded gun.
A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána confirmed that “as part of an intelligence-led operation conducted by Gardaí in Portlaoise attached to the District Detective Unit and District Drugs Unit, a car was stopped early this afternoon Monday 6 July, 2020 on the M7 at Clonkeen, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.”
Gardaí carried out a search of the car and a Glock 17 handgun with ammunition was found and seized. A photo provided by Gardaí reveals that nine bullets were found along with the weapon.
The driver of the car, a 39-year-old man, was arrested at the scene and taken to Portlaoise Garda Station where he is currently detained under Section 30 Offences Against the State Act, 1939/98.