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Friday 21 September 2018

Man is charged after firefighters uncover €110k cannabis plants

The house at the centre of the investigation. Photo: Gerry Mooney
The house at the centre of the investigation. Photo: Gerry Mooney
The grow house apparatus. Photo: Gerry Mooney

A man has been charged with growing cannabis at his home in Dublin after the plants were found by firefighters tackling a blaze.

Lithuanian Edjardas Stankus (23) appeared before Judge Alan Mitchell at Dublin District Court yesterday.

It is estimated that the value of the plants seized in a "sophisticated grow house" could be up to €110,000.

Gda John Doyle, based at Clontarf Garda Station, gave evidence that he arrested Mr Stankus after firefighters at the scene of the blaze in Brian Road, Marino, Dublin 3, alerted gardai.

The fire broke out at the house at about 7am on Saturday.

Alarm

Locals raised the alarm and units from Dublin Fire Brigade dealt with the call.

They got in touch with gardai after a number of suspected cannabis plants were discovered at the property.

Following further investigation, gardai found a grow house and seized more than 130 plants.

Mr Stankus was arrested at the scene and questioned at Clontarf Garda Station.

He is charged with the cultivation of cannabis plants without licence .

The court heard that he had made no reply to the charge.

Mr Stankus' solicitor, Michael French, did not apply for bail for his client but was successful in an application for legal aid.

Mr Stankus was remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison, to appear in court again on Friday.

He remained silent throughout the short hearing.

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