€10,000 worth of cannabis plants found in Drumlish

€10,000 worth of cannabis plants were discovered at a "grow house" in Drumlish village in recent days. The cannabis was part of a sophisticated operation dating back several weeks, gardai believe.

€10,000 worth of cannabis plants were discovered at a "grow house" in Drumlish village in recent days. The cannabis was part of a sophisticated operation dating back several weeks, gardai believe.

Half a dozen fully developed plants and 12 pre-mature ones with an estimated street value of €9,000 were recovered by officers aligned to the Longford/Roscommon Divisional Drugs Unit at a house in the north Longford village at around 3pm last Wednesday.

One man, in his early 30s was arrested following the planned search and brought to Longford Garda Station for questioning. He has since been released and a file is likely to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) as part of the investigation.

Unlike previous raids carried out by gardai on suspected cannabis growing operations which have largely been the preserve of foreign gangs, detectives are trying to establish whether the latest find in Drumlish was in fact part of an Irish led operation.

During the course of the raid last Wednesday afternoon, gardai also discovered the second floor and attic of the house had been entirely converted for the purpose of cannabis cultivation.

A string of sophisticated utensils including halogen lights, water containers and various other paraphernalia were taken away for further forensic analysis, results which gardai expect to have at their disposal over the next few weeks.

In a separate and unrelated incident also in Drumlish just hours later, a man was detained after he was found be in the possession of amphetamines with a street value of around €2,500. The man who is in his early 20s was questioned, but later released without charge. A file is likely to be sent to the DPP, gardai said this week.