Three gardai, including two high-ranking members, have been arrested this morning and a number of premises searched.
A Garda Superintendent has been arrested for suspected breach of the provisions of Section 62 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005. Section 62 concerns a garda disclosing information obtained in the course of their duties.
A Garda Inspector has been arrested for suspected breach of provisions of the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977-84. A member of Garda rank has been arrested for suspected conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
The operation was led by the Assistant Commissioner, Special Crime Operations (SCO), involving personnel attached the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (GNBCI) and the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB).
Deputy Commissioner John Twomey, Policing & Security confirmed this morning that three members of An Garda Síochána are in custody and are detained for the purpose of questioning arising from suspicion that they have been involved in the commission of one or more criminal offences.
The Deputy Commissioner stated, "An Garda Síochána is fully committed to investigating any alleged wrong-doing or corruption involving Garda personnel, and will work with other relevant agencies in doing so. As this is a live and ongoing investigation, it is not appropriate to make any further comment at this time”.