Asearch was undertaken at a commercial premises at Greenogue, Newcastle, Co. Dublin, resulting in the discovery of a cannabis grow site
The 3 men who were detained at Clondalkin Garda Station, as part of 'Operation Vacuum', have been released without charge this evening.
A file will be prepared for The Director of Prosecutions and forwarded on completion.
Original Press Release listed below, refers.
Garda Press Office.
18:50 hrs, 26/7/08.
Over the last number of months, the local Clondalkin Garda Drug Unit, assisted by the Garda National Drug Unit and other National Units from Crime & Security Branch, have been engaged on Operation Vacuum (targeting cannabis grow sites).
On Friday, 25th July, a search was undertaken at a commercial premises at Greenogue, Newcastle, Co. Dublin, resulting in the discovery of a cannabis grow site and the seizure of some 655 mid-life cannabis plants, valued at approx €200,000. Some forged documentation pertaining to the illegal operation was also seized.
Three men, all Irish nationals, were arrested at this location. The men are aged 24, 26 and 52 years and are currently detained at Clondalkin Garda Station under the provisions of s.2 Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act.
As part of the Garda operation, further searches were carried out at locations in Navan; Clonee; Ballymun and Portarlington. A further 40 plants were seized at the Navan site, along with various drugs paraphernalia.
The total value of seizures is estimated at approximately €250,000. Those operating cannabis grow sites apply accelerated growth techniques utilizing technology and artificial heat treatment facilities, resulting, in some cases, to cannabis growth at an industrial level.
Grow sites have previously been located in private residences and commercial properties and in many cases these properties are rented. Owners of such properties should ensure that they are aware of the activities taken place on their properties. In addition, neighbours and others, have a social responsibility to pass on any relevant information to the Gardai. This can be done directly to any Garda or Garda Station or through the Garda Confidential Telephone line – 1800 666 111.
As previously stated on numerous occasions, tackling drug abuse and mis-use requires a social response and all members of our society have responsibilities in this regard.
Operation Vacuum remains an ongoing operation and further developments will be advised to you as appropriate.
Garda Press Office,