Man (34) charged after fire leads gardai to €310k cannabis grow house
Gardai have charged a man (34) after they seized cannabis plants and herbs worth an estimated value of €310,000.
The man was arrested after gardai and the Fire Service attended the scene of a house fire at Ballyhook, Grangecon, Co Wicklow on January 20.
When the fire was extinguished an excess of 350 cannabis plants, a quantity of cannabis herb and drugs/cultivation paraphernalia were discovered on the premises.
The house, which was substantially damaged, was unoccupied at the time.
The scene was preserved and technically examined.
Gardai arrested the man in Newbridge, Co Kildare on Tuesday.
He was detained at Baltinglass Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. The man was charged and released from Garda custody on bail.
He is due to appear before Carlow District Court on February 22.