Gardaí in Cavan have dismissed recent reports that last week’s raid on a major cannabis factory on the outskirts of Arva totalled anywhere near the 50,000 euro mark.
Instead, Garda sources have estimated the find to be in the region of 10,000 euro following last Tuesday evening’s intelligence led operation.
The raid which as made at a derelict house on the Carrigallen side of the town was led by the Cavan and Monaghan divisional drugs unit along with a number of gardai from Arva resulting in the seizure of large quantities of cannabis growing equipment including lighting believed to be halogen heating lamps and a number of fans.
“We went in at around 8pm,” a Garda spokesperson told the Leader. “The house itself is in a very rural area on the Carrigallen side of Arva and involved the Cavan/Monaghan drugs division and Arva Gardai. We found a cannabis growing factory that had been converted and seized a lot of electrical equipment for growing cannabis, lighting and vents. The remains of some (cannabis) plants were still there.”
It is has since emerged that some of the plants had been removed prior to the raid. No arrests have as yet been made in relation to the haul, but gardai refused to comment on speculation that the sophisticated nature of the cannabis operation was orchestrated by foreign nationals.
“The total value of the equipment could be about 8,000-10,000 euro. We can’t comment any more on it because investigations are continuing,” the spokesperson added.
Given the location of the find, gardai believe that the cannabis seizure represents a “substantial” breakthrough in their ongoing battle against recent incidences of cannabis growing factories along the Cavan/Longford border.
It follows a similar intelligence led operation in August, when gardai raided a house in Drumlish as part of a 500,000 euro cannabis seizure in counties Longford and Roscommon.
The sudden upsurge in cannabis seizures hitting the midlands region has also spread to County Leitrim. Last Saturday week, two men appeared before a special sitting of Carrick-on-Shannon District Court charged in connection the unlawful possession of drugs with intent for sale or supply after a raid on a premises in Carrick-on-Shannon recently. Gardaí unearthed two kilos of cannabis resin and over 400 ecstasy tablets with a street value of over 20,000 euros.
By Liam Cosgrove