Man held over cannabis find

Gardai believe they may have intercepted a sophisticated drug making operation this week following the discovery of another cannabis ‘grow house’, this time in Edgeworthstown.

Gardai believe they may have intercepted a sophisticated drug making operation this week following the discovery of another cannabis ‘grow house’, this time in Edgeworthstown.

Several plants with an estimated street value of €3,000 were recovered along with around €300 worth of heroin during a planned search at a house just outside the mid Longford town last Saturday (April 30).

A man in his late 20s was questioned over the incident before being released without charge, gardai said earlier this week.

Detectives are nonetheless understood to be especially pleased at how the operation was handled, its success and the fact the chief suspect in the raid had been a target of undercover gardai for several months.

A joint effort by Granard and Edgeworthstown based gardai and backed up by a local dog unit, the search marked the culmination of weeks of painstaking surveillance work and intellegence gathering.

Sources close to the investigation would not be drawn as to whether any charges were pending, saying the matter was likely to be referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for further examination.

The drugs seized in the operation have since been sent on to forensic experts for further examination.

News of the find follows a busy few weeks for gardai across the midlands region. Just over six weeks ago, the Garda National Drugs Unit, Carrick-on-Shannon Gardai and members from the Garda Air Support seized cannabis plants worth an estimated €160,000 from two houses in Dromod.

Described as “cannabis cultivation sites”, highly elaborate lighting, ventilation and irrigation utensils were also found.

A 25-year-old man and and an 18-year-old woman, both Vietnamese nationals, have since been charged with the find and are currently before the courts.