Three men have been arrested in relation to an operation investigating a criminal organisation in North Cork while another man has been arrested in relation to an operation in Ireland.
The arrests were made following searches in Cork, Tipperary and Roscommon this morning.
Gardaí attached to the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) arrested the men following a number of planned searches in the three counties.
Four men, ranging in age from 23 years to 35 years, were arrested for offences pursuant to Section 72, Criminal Justice Act, 2006.
They are currently detained at Midleton, Fermoy, Mallow and Tipperary Garda stations under Section 50, Criminal Justice Act, 2007.
Three of the arrests this morning were made under Operation BOXPLOT, which targets a Criminal Organisation based in the North Cork area, that is believed to be laundering the proceeds of international invoice re-direct (BEC) fraud through bank accounts in Ireland.
The fourth man was arrested under Operation SKEIN, which targets a Criminal Organisation based in Ireland involved in similar international, criminal activity.
A fifth person was arrested as part of Operation Boxplot by Gardaí from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB).
A male (20s) was arrested in Westmeath earlier today for an offence pursuant to Section 72 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006.
He is currently detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007 in Castlerea Garda Station. He can be detained for up to seven days.
The investigation is ongoing.
To date, 5 persons have been arrested under Operation BOXPLOT.