Cannabis factory discovered in Stillorgan house
Published 27/07/2010 | 10:52
A cannabis-growing factory with around 500 plants was discovered in a suburban house following a raid by gardai.
The entire upstairs of the property on Mount Anville Wood, Stillorgan, South Dublin, was being used for the drugs enterprise, with a pot-growing system in each of four bedrooms.
Several kilos of cannabis herb were discovered while the rooms were fitted out with high-density lighting systems, reflective wall coverings, ventilation and extraction systems.
A 33-year-old woman was arrested at the scene.
The search yesterday followed the arrest of a 33-year-old man at 1pm by officers targeting drug-dealing in the neighbouring Blackrock area.
They stopped and searched a car at Drummartin Link Road, also in Stillorgan, and found five kilos of cannabis herb in the boot.
The total value of both seizures is estimated to be €600,000.
Further follow-up searches were carried out in Clondalkin and Crumlin but there were no seizures or arrests.
The arrested pair are being held at Blackrock garda station under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act.
Meanwhile, three men were being questioned over the seizure of around €82,000 of cannabis in the capital.
Officers from the Garda National Drugs Unit and Organised Crime Unit stopped and searched a car and a van on the Ninth Lough Road in west Dublin at about 7pm last night.
During the search - part of an ongoing operation targeting the sale and supply of drugs in the area - they discovered 7kg (15.4lb) of cannabis herb.
Three men, aged 31, 35 and 43, were arrested and taken to Clondalkin Garda Station, where they are being held under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act.
In a separate search, officers uncovered a substantial quantity of cash during a raid of a house in Clonshaugh on Dublin's northside.
A 19-year-old man was arrested and is being detained at Ballymun Garda Station under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act.