33 people arrested and €28,000 worth of drugs seized following Meath Garda operation
33 people were arrested and over €40,000 worth of drugs were seized following a two day special Garda operation in Meath to tackle criminal activity over the winter months.
As part of Operation Thor, a two day plan of action was conducted in the Meath Division, beginning at 7:00am on the 19th November and concluding at 4:00am on the 21st November 2021.
This operation was supported by the Eastern Region Armed Support Unit along with outside agencies.
There was a number of strands involved in this operation which included:
• Execution of Warrants
• High Visibility Crime Patrols
• Detection of indictable Theft related criminal offences – planned arrests
• Target Drug Trafficking Offences
• Public Reassurance in identifying and deterring Public Order offences, liquor licensing offences
A breakdown of the outcomes of this operation are as follows:
• A total of 33 arrests were conducted for warrants, planned arrests and Drug detections resulting in 11 charges.
• 17 bench Warrants executed.
• 15 planned arrests resulting in detections for 10 Theft Offences, 1 RTA offences, 3 Drugs offences, 1 Fraud
• 6 planned Drugs searches were conducted by the Divisional Drug Unit resulting in 3 x Section 15 offences
• The seizure of the following controlled Drugs €11,930 Cannabis , €14,565 Cocaine and cash to the value of €1,615
• 26 Checkpoints, 19 person/vehicle searches, 5 vehicles detained under Section 41, 3 RTA offences detected.
• Assistance was provided by Gardai at Navan to the Taxi Regulator and 20 vehicles were checked.
Operation Thor is designed to tackle the anticipated increase in the number of burglaries and associated criminal activity that usually occur in winter months by undertaking targeted enforcement and preventative activity. This initiative has successfully reduced the rate of winter burglaries, leading to a significant decline in property related crime since its introduction in 2015.
Official Crime statistics continue to show a reduction in Burglary and related offences in 2020 (down by 5,810, or 34.7%) compared to 2019.
This downward trend continues in 2021, with official crime statistics for Q2 2021 showing a continuing reduction in Burglary and related offences (down by 5,349, or 37.2%) compared to Q2 2020.