GARDAI have found yet antother cannabis grow house in County Kilkenny. This time it was the turn of the sleepy village of Kells about eight miles from the city. Gardaí have discovered 200 cannabis plants growing at a detached house close to the village.
The seizure was made at about 2pm on the Haggard Road. The seizure is estimated to have a street value of €160,000 (subject to analysis). There were no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.
On Thursday of last week, a rural bungalow at Ballymorris, Mullinavat was raided where gardai found a sophisticated operation with 400 plants, estimated to be worth €350,000 were in various stages of cultivation. They also found a heating system, ventilation machines and chemicals stored in bottles. Gardai under the supervision of Supt Kevin Dolan, Thomastown arrested three men at the scene. One, a Vietnamese man, is still in custody. Two English nationals were released the following day from custody and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
In early May, €3 million worth of marijuana was found in a warehouse close to Kildalton College and Piltown GAA Club in Piltown in a planned raid following another planned surveillance operation. Detectives there were taken by surprise at 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. Three weeks earlier, another cannabis grow operation was uncovered in Mooncoin again with drugs estimated to have a street value of around €400,000. Mooncoin was also the location for another drug making operation in November 2009. In February it was the turn of Freshford where a large number of plants were confiscated.
Urlingford was the location of a cannabis factory in May and again hundreds of thousands worth of plants were found. A similar operation was found in Old Leighlin, just over the border in County Carlow, a day later.