One-bed city centre flat used to grow cannabis worth €80k
A CANNABIS grow house in a Dublin city centre apartment complex was rumbled when neighbours were overpowered by the smell of the plants.
Gardai raided the tiny one-bedroom apartment in Grafton Hall on Aungier Street on Saturday night and discovered more than 100 plants growing.
The plants have an estimated value of more than €80,000.
Gardai broke down the door on the otherwise ordinary apartment and when they went in they found a complex array of irrigation systems and heat lamps necessary to grow the plants.
Residents in the apartments today said the flat had been rented out by its current tenant around July.
"The smell in the building was very strong, and at times it could become overpowering," one resident told the Herald.
"I thought maybe somebody on that floor was smoking a lot of marajuana but now I hear somebody complained to the management company and that is how they got found out," they added.
"The smell was just too strong for too long a period of time. It was very suspicious. I wasn't at all surprised when I heard there had been a raid and a grow house was found," they explained.
Gardai confirmed that as part of an on-going operation into the illegal sale and supply of controlled drugs in Dublin's south inner city they seized the plants.
Gardai from the Kevin Street carried out a planned search of the premises at around 11pm on Saturday.
"A grow house was discovered and 101 cannabis plants with an estimated value of €80,000, pending analysis, were seized," said a garda spokesman.
One man, aged 29, was arrested at scene and he was being detained at Kevin Street Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act where he can be held for up to a week.
It is unusual for drug growers to pick city apartments for their operations because the growing of cannabis does cause an odour and there are usually too many people around who could see suspicious activity or be able to hear fans and machinery in operation from the hallways.
Growers usually prefer houses in either suburban or rural locations, which they rent from unsuspecting owners.
An advert on a popular property website shows the apartment was let in July.
The owner was asking for one-year leases on the property and charging €895 a month for the one-bed apartment.
The facilities include cable television, washing machine, dryer and internet.