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Cannabis factory raid nets €60,000 cache

A MAN was being questioned by gardai yesterday after a raid on a drugs factory uncovered cannabis worth €60,000.

Drugs Squad officers swooped on the house in New Road, Galway city, as a result of specific intelligence. They discovered an extensive hydroponic cannabis cultivation operation inside.

Hydroponic cultivation is a process of growing plants in water -- without soil -- using dissolved nutrients.

Over 100 cannabis plants were seized in the search along with cultivation equipment. The street value of the drugs was estimated at €60,000. A 37-year-old man, originally from England, was arrested as a result of the search and he was taken to Mill Street garda station for questioning.

Separately, two people were released without charge in connection with the seizure of an estimated €26,000 worth of drugs in a raid on a cannabis factory in west Cork.

Gardai raided a house in the Innishannon area at about 6am on Saturday. A man and woman in their 20s were detained for questioning at Bandon garda station. They were released in the early hours of yesterday morning. A file is to be sent to the DPP. The plants have been sent to the state laboratory in Dublin for analysis.

It is understood the drugs seizure occurred after a small quantity of drugs and a syringe were recovered from a car stopped by gardai. A man, who was in the car at the time, had drugs concealed in his underwear. A search warrant was obtained on a house and the cannabis was discovered.

Irish Independent