Around €10,000 worth of cannabis plants seized at a “grow house” in Drumlish village last week was part of a sophisticated operation.
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.
A 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.
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.
As the operation was surveillance led, gardai were staying tight-lipped this week, with one spokesperson saying the cannabis operation may have been ongoing since early January.
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.