Twenty people have been arrested over the past six days as part of a major garda operation targeting organised crime and illegal drugs activity in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary.

Operation Coronation began last Wednesday when over 170 gardaí were involved in a series of searches at 60 premises across the three counties.

The operation was aimed at  the activities of organised criminal groups operating in Limerick city and its neighbouring counties, in particular criminality, drug trafficking and money laundering.

Overall, 14 people were arrested as part of that day's searches. Cash and drugs were seized, and 11 bank accounts containing in excess of €200,000 were frozen.

A number of high value cars, as well as jewellery and luxury watches were also seized.

A further six people were arrested over the weekend after gardaí carried out a search on waste ground in the Prospect area of Limerick city.

Two firearms and an extendable taser baton, all of which were concealed in plastic wrapping, were seized during this operation.

A number of those arrested have been charged before the courts and files on a number of charges facing others are being prepared by the office of the DPP, which will be before the courts in the coming months.