Two men were this week (Tuesday) questioned by detectives after gardai recovered €30,000 worth of cannabis plants from a house in Edgeworthstown.
Up to 50 plants were recovered during a raid on a house in Bracklin Park at around 8pm on Monday evening by officers from the Granard Garda Division.
A series of paraphernalia, associated with plant production were also seized, including lights and infra red equipment.
During the course of their search, gardai found the upstairs of the two storey house had been converted into a grow house to faciliate the plants’ cultivation.
Two men, from Eastern Europe, were arrested and brought to Granard Garda Station where they were still being questioned by gardai at the time of the Leader going to press yesterday.
It’s still unclear how long the plants had been in situe inside the grow house, but Garda sources believe they may have been ready for bagging and subsequent transportation as most of the plants were between five and six feet tall in height.
As part of those enquiries, gardai are hoping the next few days will shed further light as to whether the plants may have been earmarked for crime gangs involved in cannabis cultivation and distribution.
Spearheaded by around half a dozen officers from Granard and Edgeworthstown, the operation was also backed up by members from the Longford Drugs Unit.
Code-named ‘Operation Oxford’, the seizure marks the first major advance in a specialised Garda initiative aimed at targeting the top 30 suspected criminals involved in drug related activity across north Longford.
Although not believed to be one of their prime targets, Monday night’s Bracklin Park discovery is one of a number of searches gardai have carried out in recent weeks.
It also follows on from statistics revealed by the Leader in February which showed how a rollout of several undercover operations helped spark a 25 per cent increase in drug detections throughout the Granard Garda Division last year.