CO LAOIS, Ireland - A number of patrols and checkpoints were conducted in rural areas of Co Laois this week as part of Operation Thor.
The activities were conducted out by uniformed gardai supported by local detectives and the Regional Armed Support Unit.
They were carried out in the newly formed Laois/Offaly/Kildare Division in the Eastern Region on Wednesday and Thursday.
A number of searches were also conducted, during which five people were arrested for what gardai say are serious offences.
One person was charged and remains in custody, files are being prepared for the DPP relating to other incidents.