Cavan, once a Sleepy Hollow County, not anymore? Now Organised Crime is the dominant force; Seven Arrested for Alleged Blackmail Plot?

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Firearms & balaclavas found as Gardai arrest seven in potential blackmail plot

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Gardai arrested seven men involved in a potential blackmail and extortion plan in County Cavan on Sunday afternoon.a man walking down the street: Gardai asked the victims of hate crime to report the incident to them and not to post on social media. Pic: Shutterstock© Gardai asked the victims of hate crime to report the incident to them and not to post on social media. Pic: Shutterstock

As part of an operation to target the blackmail and extortion plot, Gardai conducted a number of stop and searches on four cars that had been identified in the area.

The search of the first car resulted in the arrests of two men in their 20s, with Gardai finding a number of balaclavas in the second car, arresting three more men in their 30s.a clock on the side of a building: Gardai arrested seven men involved in a potential blackmail and extortion plan in County Cavan on Sunday afternoon. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire© Provided by Extra.ie Gardai arrested seven men involved in a potential blackmail and extortion plan in County Cavan on Sunday afternoon. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire

One man in his 40s was arrested in the third car searched, in which a number of concealed firearms and ammunition were also found.

In the fourth car searched, a seventh man in his 30s was arrested.

All seven men were arrested under Section 15 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001 and are being held at Ballyconnell and Cavan Garda Stations.a car parked in a parking lot: All seven men are being held at Ballyconnell and Cavan Garda Stations. Pic: Shutterstock© Provided by Extra.ie All seven men are being held at Ballyconnell and Cavan Garda Stations. Pic: Shutterstock

A statement from An Garda Siochana read: ‘Cavan Gardai have arrested seven men following an operation targeting a potential Blackmail/Extortion plot in Co. Cavan, yesterday afternoon, Sunday 7 March 2021.

‘Gardai in Cavan district, acting on information received, identified four cars in the area and conducted a number of stop and searches.’

The statement concludes: ‘All seven men are currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Ballyconnell and Cavan Garda Stations.a close up of a helmet: As part of an operation to target the blackmail and extortion plot, Gardai conducted a number of stop and searches on four cars that had been identified in the area. Pic: Shutterstock© Provided by Extra.ie As part of an operation to target the blackmail and extortion plot, Gardai conducted a number of stop and searches on four cars that had been identified in the area. Pic: Shutterstock

‘A number of mobile phones and other items have been seized. This investigation is ongoing.’

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