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Gardaí find €500,000 worth of cannabis after house fire

Following a house fire, gardai found the drugs in the house
Following a house fire, gardai found the drugs in the house

Gardaí have seized cannabis valued at half a million euro and cocaine worth €20,000 after they were called to the scene of a house fire.

On Tuesday at around 9am, Gardaí from the Naas District were alerted to an ongoing fire at a residence in Old Kilcullen, Kilcullen, Co Kildare.

After gaining entry to the residence, Gardaí discovered a sophisticated grow house in operation which contained approximately 826 cannabis plants at various stages of growth.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

In the past 48 hours Gardaí have seized an estimated €1.2 million of cannabis in four separate operations.

On Monday, Gardaí discovered a grow house and seized in excess of 100 cannabis plants during an operation in Offaly.

As part of ongoing investigations targeting an organised criminal group involved in the operation of Cannabis grow houses nationwide, a search was conducted at an address in Clara, Co. Offaly.

The search was carried out by local Garda units from Clara Garda Station assisted by members of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.

Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of €80,000 were seized during the operation.

Both investigations are ongoing.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.