Gardai from Thomastown have charged all three men in relation to the drug seizure that occured at a double warehouse in Kildalton, Piltown on Wednesday evening 2nd May, 2012 writes Sean Keane. All three men will appear at Youghal District Court this morning, Friday at 10.30am charged in relation to the incident. The three men had been detained in garda stations at Kilkenny city Thomastown following the massive drugs find in Piltown, estimated at over E3 million.
Cannabis, some harvested and much of it still in pots were found in a warehouse close to Kildalton College in Piltown Wednesday evening in a planned raid following a surveillance operation. It marks the second time in a year that large scale drug cultivation units have been found in the south of the county.
Detectives were taken by surprise by the level of sophistication and the extent of the operation at Kildalton. The men working there had been acting as full time gardeners and there were sleeping units and a kitchen there.
The innocent owners of the unit had no idea what was going on. there are still in a state of shock. The large industrial units had been rented out for the last eight months to those involved.
Some of the cannabis was of the herbal variety neatly stacked at the side while hundreds of plants continued to grow under an intricate heating and light system. The operation was carried out by members of the Garda National Drugs Unit and Gardai from the Kilkenny Division and Regional Support Units