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Saturday 10 December 2016

€500k worth of cannabis is seized during Shankill raid

Detectives were continuing to question a man in his 30s at Shankill Garda Station last night (Stock picture)
Detectives were continuing to question a man in his 30s at Shankill Garda Station last night (Stock picture)

A man was being questioned last night after gardai found cannabis worth more than €500,000 during a raid in Shankill.

The significant discovery was made when officers conducted a planned raid on a house in the Heronford Lane area.

Gardai were shocked to find 400 cannabis plants growing on the ground floor of the house.

They also discovered around 700 plants growing in the basement.

Surprised

Neighbours in the usually quiet area were surprised when several units of garda investigators arrived to conduct further examinations.

Although garda technicians are still analysing the plants, detectives believe the entire haul has a street value of more than €500,000.

Detectives were continuing to question a man in his 30s at Shankill Garda Station last night.

Senior sources said he is not a high-profile criminal.

"He has been totally under the radar," a source told the Herald.

"He wouldn't be a well-known figure in the drug world, but he has popped up for some things.

"There may be files being prepared or further prosecutions down the line."

The raid will be seen as a significant victory in the war on drugs.

A garda spokesman said the raid was "part of an ongoing operation targeting the cultivation of cannabis in the south Dublin area.

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