Cannabis seized after gardai detect odour at checkpoint
GARDAI seized cannabis with a street value of around €60,000 in a house search that was sparked after officers noticed a strong smell of the drug from a vehicle at a checkpoint.
A man in his 30s was arrested at a drink-driving checkpoint on St John's Road West in Dublin at around 10pm on Saturday.
Gardai from the Dublin Regional Traffic Department detected a smell of cannabis from the man's vehicle and a search under the Misuse of Drugs Act revealed a medium-sized bag of what appeared to be cannabis.
The man was detained at Kilmainham garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
A cannabis cultivation operation was subsequently then uncovered in a follow-up search of a house in Prosperous, Co Kildare.
Gardai from the DMR Traffic Division, assisted by local gardai from Naas and Clane, found a quantity of cannabis plants and herbs with a potential street value of approximately €60,000, as well as approximately €30,000 in cash.
Photographs released by the gardai show large bundles of the drug air-drying on clothes hangers in the premises, as well as nine pots of small cannabis plants and 10 large mason jars of dried cannabis herb.
Meanwhile, in a separate operation, a man and a woman have been released without charge by gardai investigating a €5.1m drugs seizure in Dublin on Friday.
Three other men are due before the courts in relation to Friday's cannabis seizure.
Gardai have taken an estimated €16.5m worth of drugs off the streets in the last month.
It follows another major drugs seizure on April 17, when members of the organised crime unit recovered heroin, cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy worth around €5.3m in Dublin and Meath.