GARDAI have been granted additional time to question five people who were arrested earlier this week as part of a major crackdown on organised criminality in the Limerick area.
As part of Operation Fiacla, gardai from Henry Street assisted by gardai from the Tipperary and Clare divisions carried out a series of co-ordinated searches at a number of premises on Tuesday morning.
Four men ranging in age from 19 to 27 were arrested along with a 17-year-old girl during the operation, which lasted for several hours.
Three of the five were arrested in Nenagh, County Tipperary while two were arrested in Limerick city.
The five are being detained under the provisions of Section 50 of Criminal Justice Act at Nenagh, Roxboro Road, Henry Street, Newcastle West and Shannon garda stations.
Last night, Chief Superintendent David Sheahan made an application at Limerick Court to extend the period of detention for all five suspects saying additional time is needed to progress the investigation.
Tuesday’s arrests are connected with the activities of a traveller gang, which gardai suspect is responsible for a recent spate of burglaries across Limerick.
Members of the gang are suspected of targeting homes and businesses in the city as well as in the Croom, Adare and Ballingarry areas.
Members of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) are assisting with the investigations which are ongoing.
Having secured court orders last night, gardai can continue questioning the five suspects until Sunday morning.