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Sunday 20 April 2014

Cannabis worth €1.3m seized in growhouse raids

Cannabis worth €600,000 found by gardai in Drogheda

DRUGS and cannabis plants worth a total of €1.3m have been seized by gardai.

A major supply link in the west Dublin drugs trade was smashed after gardai seized cannabis worth €700,000 in Tallaght.

The haul was discovered in a raid on a house in the Hazelgrove Court area of Killinarden at 5.15pm on Saturday.

The cannabis found was in the form of herb and resin, and gardai believe that the house was being used as a storage point.

While no arrests were made at the house, investigations into who has access to it were ongoing.

Also on Saturday, gardai seized cannabis plants worth around €600,00 at a house in Drogheda. The discovery came after officers stopped and searched a car in the Blanchardstown area on Friday night.

Two men – aged 25 and 35 – were expected to appear in court today from custody.

The nationwide garda crackdown on the cannabis trade received a boost last week when gardai uncovered three growhouses and seized plants with an overall value of €2.1m.

RAID

As part of Operation Nitrogen, the cannabis was found when drug squad officers and local gardai raided a unit at an industrial estate in Tralee, Co Kerry; a house at Falty, Oldtown, Athlone, Co Roscommon; and a house and sheds at Carrigaloon, Virginia, Co Cavan.

A Vietnamese national was one of the people arrested following the raid in Tralee.

He claimed he was in Ireland legally but admitted in court he didn't have any identification papers.

Gardai objected to bail because of the seriousness of the offence and the value of the drugs recovered, estimated to be worth €1.3m.

The judge heard the accused had been visiting "a large number" of countries in Europe but had no supporting documentation.

A second Vietnamese national who was also arrested following the Tralee raid was treated at Kerry General Hospital for a broken ankle after he jumped from a roof.

Irish Independent

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