SEVEN MEN WILL appear before courts around the country today charged in connection with a major drugs operation uncovered by Gardaí.
Around 5,800 cannabis plants worth an estimated €4.6 million were seized in co-ordinated raids across the country yesterday as part of an ongoing investigation into cannabis cultivation.
Four of the men charged will appear before Longford District Court at 10.30am this morning. Two others will appear before Drogheda District Court later this morning while the sixth will be brought before Gorey District Court.
An eighth man who was also arrested yesterday remains in custody in Mullingar Garda Station.
The largest of the seizures took place in an industrial unit in Longford where Gardaí discovered around 1,700 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of €1.36 million.
The other seizures took place in commercial premises and industrial units in Athlone, Drogheda Business Park, Kiltimagh in Mayo and Campile in Wexford.
Some of the cannabis plants discovered by Gardaí in yesterday’s raid. (Photo: Garda Press Office)