The Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) - assisted by officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland - are conducting planned searches this morning (Thursday, June 6th).
They will visit seven sites - farms, houses and a commercial premises - in Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Westmeath and Kilkenny.
The searches are part of an ongoing investigation being conducted by members of The Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation into offences of deception pursuant to Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud) Offences Act 2001, according to a Garda spokesperson.
The Garda spokesperson said the investigation is surrounding fraudulent practices regarding tampering of identification passports and microchips of horses presented for slaughter in this jurisdiction.
This is a Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation-led operation supported by officers from, Criminal Assets Bureau, Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau.