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Friday 18 April 2014

Fire led to discovery of €300k of cannabis

A GROW house that went on fire in the early hours of New Year's day led to the discovery of around €300,000 worth of cannabis plants in Carlow town.

Following on from a house fire at Sandhills on the Hacketstown Road Gardai made a number of links and found a larger haul of drugs in a second grow house at Old Burrin, Carlow town, on Wednesday morning.

When the house fire was investigated €80,000 worth of the illegal plants were found which led to the discovery of some 300 plants in various stages of growth at Old Burrin.

'Following on from the house fire we got a lead to the second seizure,' said a spokesman for Carlow Garda Station. ' This was a sophisticated grow house with around €200,000 worth of cannabis plants.' Gardai searched the property at the Old Burrin as part of an ongoing operation into the growing of herbal cannabis.

'No arrests have been as of yet but our investigations are ongoing,' he added.

The plants have been sent for forensic analysis and a technical examination was carried out at the scene.

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