Gardaí and the PSNI have confirmed 18 arrests following a cross-border operation tackling rural crime.
Donegal gardaí joined multiple units in a Joint Agency Task Force operation yesterday.
The day of action spanned the entire border area concentrating on burglars and Organised Crime Gangs that use the border corridor to facilitate their criminal activity.
This operation involved high visibility patrols and coordinated activity to detect crime and provide reassurance to the public.
Gardaí made five arrests were made for those driving under the influence of an intoxicant. There were three detections made for drugs possession arising from a number of drugs searches.
Three vehicles were seized under Section 41 of the Road Traffic Act.
One man in his 40s has been arrested following the seizure of suspected heroin, amphetamines and cannabis in Clones, Co. Monaghan.
Separately the PSNI made 12 arrests, 8 drugs seizures and seized 3 vehicles during the operation.
The operation included collaboration and cooperation with the PSNI and the Garda North Western Regional Armed Support Unit, the Garda Air Support Unit, regular Policing Units, Detective Branches, and roads policing units from the Louth, Cavan/Monaghan, Sligo/Leitrim, and Donegal divisions.
D/Superintendent John O’Flaherty of the North Western Region said: “An Garda Síochána is acutely aware that rural crime has the potential to cause serious harm to local communities and with our colleagues in the PSNI we are committed to working together to ensure we keep everyone safe on both sides of the border.
“Last evening’s operation forms part of our continued efforts to disrupt the movements and activities of Organised Crime Gangs and works to reduce and prevent criminal activity in border areas.”