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Saturday 17 February 2018

Seven men charged over massive seizure of €4.6m worth of cannabis

Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

SEVEN men arrested during planned raids on a number of cannabis grow houses around the country have been charged in relation to the seizure of €4.6m worth of the herb.

The arrests were made as part of Operation Nitrogen spearheaded by officers from the Garda National Drug Unit, assisted by other national and local Garda units.

Searches were carried out at a number of premises at different locations throughout the country resulting in eight men being arrested.

One man was set to appear before Gorey District Court this morning, while two men were due to appear before Drogheda District Court.

Meanwhile, four men were to appear before Longford District Court

The eighth man who was arrested continues to be questioned at Mullingar Garda station.

Officers uncovered growhouses in counties Longford, Westmeath, Louth, Wexford and Mayo.

Six of the eight suspects are Asian and the others are English, although one has an address in Stradbally, Co Laois.

One of the man, a Chinese national, has been living in Lucan, Co Dublin.

During the searches gardai uncovered growhouses in counties Longford, Westmeath, Louth, Wexford and Mayo.

During a search of an industrial unit at Connaught Road, Longford town, gardai found a large cultivation operation involving about 1,700 plants worth around €1.36m on the streets. Four men were detained there.

An industrial unit at Cornafulla, Athlone, Co Westmeath, was also raided and gardai seized 1,000 plants, worth €800,000. One man was arrested at that site.

During the third search at an industrial premises in Drogheda business park, gardai seized 1,600 plants with a street value of around €1.28m. Two suspects were detained on the premises.

The fourth find was at a commercial premises in Campile, Co Wexford, while an industrial unit at Kiltimagh, Co Mayo, was also raided.

All eight suspects were held for questioning at various garda stations around the country.

Gardai said that seven of the eight are suspected of acting as gardeners in the growhouses.

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