Friday 15 December 2017

Man arrested in Louth following discovery of second cannabis factory reporters

A MAN has been arrested following the discovery of a cannabis-growing operation in Co Louth last night.

This comes just hours after four people were arrested in Co Laois when a cannabis growhouse was uncovered outside Portlaose.

Gardaí and members of the Louth drugs unit raided a house near the village of Collon last night.

In an adjoining garage they found what is being described as a sophisticated growing operation.

It is thought that there were around 500 cannabis plants at various stages of growth. The estimated street value is around €250,000.

A 43-year-old Chinese national was arrested at the house and is being held in Drogheda Garda Station.

The house and garage, which are located on a rural road between Collon and Drogheda, remain sealed off.

Meanwhile, the four people arrested following the discovery of a cannabis factory in Co Laois are still being questioned in Tullamore Garda Station.

The four arrested are two Irish men, both aged 35, a 37-year-old Vietnamese man and 42-year-old Vietnamese woman.

Around 1,500 plants with an estimated street value of over €600,000, along with heat, lighting and irrigation systems were found in a shed in the early hours of yesterday morning.

A second growhouse was discovered in Co Kildare but had not been put into use.

Gardai believe the woman had knowledge and experience of growing cannabis and was acting as a consultant, while the Asian man was minding the plants.

The two Irish men are believed to have links a criminal drug gang.

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