Two cannabis factories have been discovered by gardai in unrelated searches in Meath and Wicklow.
Members of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) found what was described yesterday as a sophisticated cannabis cultivation operation during a search of a house at Grennan, Drumconrath, Co Meath.
The search was part of a special operation by the CAB into the activities of a drug trafficking gang based in the area.
Detectives seized more than 400 cannabis plants on the premises. The haul has a potential street value of €120,000, pending a forensic examination.
Gardai arrested two Chinese nationals, a man and a woman both in their 40s, and they were taken to Navan garda station where they were questioned throughout yesterday under drug trafficking legislation.
The drugs seizure is believed to be linked to a network of cannabis factories being operated by Chinese crime gangs on both sides of the Border.
A series of factories have been discovered by gardai in counties Monaghan, Cavan and Limerick since early summer.
Meanwhile, two men were questioned by gardai in Bray, Co Wicklow, yesterday after the unrelated discovery of a cannabis factory in a house on Monday night.
Detectives from the Bray drugs unit raided a house in the Fassaroe estate and found more than 100 cannabis plants growing in the attic, which had been converted into a factory with lighting, heat lamps and irrigation systems.
The value of the seizure was estimated to be about €20,000.
Gardai arrested two suspects, one from the area and another from south county Dublin.
They were both released from custody last night. A file will be sent by gardai to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who will determine if criminal charges should be brought.
Tom Brady Security Editor