More than €100,000 of cannabis plants have been seized across Co Longford over the past two weeks, fuelling fears of a major surge in home-grown drug cultivation.
It comes as officers from the Longford/Roscommon Divisional Drug Unit uncovered approximately 90 plants from house on the outskirts of Longford town last Tuesday evening.
A man is his early 20s was arrested and questioned by detectives in connection with the seizure. He has since been released without charge ahead of the likely dispatch of a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions’ office for further direction
The total haul, senior investigators have revealed, could fetch as much as €36,000 on the open market, bringing the county’s overall cannabis seizure figure to just under €120,000 over the past two weeks.
As reported in last week’s Leader, divisional gardai supported by members from Granard and Drumlish, recovered up to €80,000 of cannabis plants after a planned raid on a house in Ballinamuck.
So far, gardai have stopped short of linking the two seizures as investigators look to speak with and secure potentially valuable information from eye witnesses.
A spokesperson confirmed the operation took place at around 4:30pm with all of the plants being described as being in a “mid-stage” of growth.
That admission would appear to indicate last Tuesday’s discovery was some way behind the one detected by gardai in Ballinamuck just six days earlier. Around 200 plants, varying from seedlings to more mature items, were seized along with a collection of various cannabis production paraphanelia.
Similar to the Ballinamuck seizure, gardai have made a public appeal to anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious at the house, situated on the Drumlish road outside of Longford, to come forward (Longford Garda Station: 043 3346741).