Five arrested in anti-cannabis sting
Published 16/04/2011 | 05:00
FIVE suspected members of an organised Asian crime gang were arrested after gardai raided two more cannabis-growing operations last night.
It brings to three the number of cannabis factories smashed yesterday after armed officers arrested a young Chinese woman suspected of being a key member of an Asian gang behind a network of cannabis-growing operations here.
Officers from the garda national drugs unit as well as units from Clondalkin and Ballyfermot arrested a Chinese man found asleep on a mat after raiding a unit in the Park West Enterprise Centre last night.
There they found more than 270 cannabis plants in various stages of cultivation.
The suspect was taken to the Clondalkin garda station where he was being questioned last night.
Another Asian man, believed to be of Chinese origin, was also arrested last night when gardai raided another premises in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan. Gardai found 209 plants there.
More than 800 plants, worth an estimated €350,000, were seized during the operation yesterday.
Earlier yesterday, detectives from the garda national drugs unit detained the 28-year-old woman as she left a warehouse, which had been turned into a massive 'growhouse' in a Dublin industrial estate.
Gardai raided the warehouse following a surveillance operation and seized 500 cannabis plants, with an estimated street value of around €200,000.
The Chinese woman had called to the unit at the Jamestown industrial estate in Inchicore to leave several days' worth of provisions for the two "gardeners", also Chinese, who were taking care of the plants.
She was then intercepted by the members of the national unit, backed up by personnel from the Sundrive Road drugs unit.
The two gardeners are aged 27 and 33 years. All three were taken for questioning to Crumlin garda station and can be detained without charge for up to seven days.