29/05/2009

Man Arrested During Firearms Seizure In Portlaoise

A man has been arrested after a number of firearms were seized in Co Laoise.

Gardai arrested the 27-year-old man and seized a number of firearms in a planned operation along the M7 motorway outside Portlaoise on Thursday at about 3pm.

As part of the planned operation, officers from the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation stopped and searched a car on the motorway.

During the course of the search six firearms, including two rifles and four shotguns were discovered. Gardaí say investigations are ongoing to establish the origins of the firearms.

The driver was the only occupant of the car. He was arrested at the scene and taken to Portlaoise Garda station where he is detained under the Offences Against the State Act. He may be detained for up to 72 hours.

(DW/BMcC)

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