Thursday 23 November 2017

Gardai uncover two more cannabis factories

Gardai have uncovered two more cannabis factories after raids on houses in counties Dublin and Kildare yesterday.

Members of the garda national drugs unit, backed up by local gardai, carried out the searches at Templeogue in south Dublin and Celbridge in Co Kildare.

Overall, they seized cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €450,000 and also recovered drug cultivation equipment.

Gardai arrested a 51-year-old Vietnamese man in Templeogue and a 29-year-old Vietnamese national in Celbridge.

The two suspects were being questioned last night under the drug trafficking legislation, which means they can be held without charge for up to seven days.

Detectives suspect that the Vietnamese were being used to look after the cannabis "grow" houses, which had been fitted out with sophisticated irrigation, lighting and other cultivation equipment.

The searches were made as part of Operation Nitrogen and since July gardai have located a total of 20 "grow houses. The total amount of cannabis herb seized from the 20 houses is estimated to have a street value of over €6m.

Irish Independent

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