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Friday 17 November 2017

Man (34) charged after fire leads gardai to €310k cannabis grow house

Gardai seized cannabis worth €310,000 at a house in Co Wicklow
Gardai seized cannabis worth €310,000 at a house in Co Wicklow
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

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.

Gardai seized cannabis worth €310,000 at a house in Co Wicklow
Gardai seized cannabis worth €310,000 at a house in Co Wicklow

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.

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