This is the moment armed gardai made their first arrest in the Keane Mulready-Woods investigation.
ell over 20 officers were involved in an arrest operation at two separate locations in Drogheda which began shortly after 7.30am this morning.
Two men who are suspected of being actively involved in the gruesome murder of the 17-year-old were still being questioned this evening under anti-gangland legislation.
Our exclusive photos show one of the suspects, a 38-year-old Drogheda criminal, being arrested at an address in the Rathmullen Park area of the town.
At around the same time that the 38-year-old drug addict was picked up by detectives, a 51-year-old man was arrested in a nearby housing estate where he had been living with a relative by a separate team of officers.
The middle aged criminal is considered a key member of the anti-Maguire mob and is suspected of having vital information about the savage murder of tragic Keane.
A nearby property in Rathmullen Park closely connected to the suspect was searched over a number of days after the murder and gardai believe that Keane was murdered at this location.
The 51-year-old was still being held at Drogheda Garda Station this evening.
Gardai announced details of the arrests this morning – the first in the massive investigation into a murder that shocked the nation with many more expected to follow in the coming weeks.
The suspects can be held for up to seven days after their arrest under Section 50.
In what has been seen as one of the most shocking and barbaric murders in recent history, gardai believe Keane was tortured and killed in a house in Drogheda on January 12.
His severed limbs were found in a bag that had been dumped from a car in the Moatview estate in Coolock in Dublin the following day.
Two days later his severed head was discovered in a burning car off the North Circular Road in Dublin.
Earlier this week, Independent.ie revealed that gardai are investigating reports that one of the chief suspects in the grisly murder of teen Keane Mulready-Woods has fled to the Turkish city of Istanbul.
The 35-year-old Dublin criminal has not been collated by gardai for a number of weeks now and is believed to have spent time in Northern Ireland and England since the shocking crime that outraged the nation.
The criminal, who had been living in Co Meath before the murder, has not been seen back in the capital since and it is now believed he is hiding out in Turkey.
Gardai say that two brothers who are considered the Drogheda leaders of the gang who murdered Keane had fled to Spain.
The siblings aged 25 and 22 are suspected to be now hiding out in Spain after fleeing the country via the UK.
Yesterday it emerged that one of the siblings was now in custody in Spain after he brutally assaulted a female who is well known to him.
Another chief suspect in Keane’s murder who is suspected of active involvement in the barbaric act is currently locked up in Mountjoy Prison on separate charges.
It has emerged that the thug aged 24 was quizzed in prison by gardai for several hours earlier this month.
The criminal, a key member of the faction at war with the Maguire mob in the Drogheda feud, was not arrested but met with officers from the Louth division by appointment.