Sunday 26 January 2020

Cannabis worth €60,000 found in house raid

Ralph Riegel

GARDAI seized almost €60,000 worth of cannabis and arrested a Polish national after raiding a major grow house in north Cork.

Officers searched the house outside Newmarket shortly after 9pm on Monday evening following a lengthy surveillance operation.

A 32-year-old man, a Polish national, was arrested at the scene and taken to Mallow Garda Station where he is being questioned under Misuse of Drugs legislation.

He can be held for an initial period of 24 hours which can be extended.

Around 60 cannabis plants were found at the rented property, which is on the Charleville Road outside Newmarket.

Gardai said the sophisticated operation was believed to have been designed to supply cannabis to the Munster market.

A full forensic examination was being conducted on the property.

All cannabis plants will be removed for analysis before being destroyed.

The number of cannabis grow house seizures has doubled in Ireland over the past 12 months with gardai now using surveillance and energy grid analysis to locate the properties.

More than €2.1m of cannabis was seized in grow house raids in Kerry, Cavan and Roscommon alone last October. The number of cannabis cultivation seizures has soared from 100 in 2007 to almost 700 in 2012.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated operation, Customs and Excise officials, working with gardai, seized €19,000 in two separate incidents at Cork Airport.

During routine profiling of departing passengers, the cash was discovered when the Customs & Excise sniffer dog, Harvey, indicated suspicions over several items of luggage.

The luggage involved belonged to a 43-year-old and a 35-year-old, both of whom were about to board a flight to Spain.

Two sums of cash involving €9,000 and €10,120 were found and seized under proceeds of crime regulations.

Gardai were immediately notified and attended the airport.

Judge Tim Lucey in Mallow District Court later granted a three month detention order for the cash while the garda investigation is ongoing.

Irish Independent

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