A 29-YEAR-OLD man is due to appear before a sitting of Drogheda District Court charged in connection with the discovery of industrial style cannabis grow houses.
Gardai investigating the cultivation of cannabis discovered the grow houses worth a combined estimated street value of up to €5 million and arrested five people in searches on Wednesday.
In addition to the man appearing before Drogheda District Court today, two men were charged in Westport Court yesterday and another two men remain in garda custody in Tramore.
Gardaí discovered an estimated €1.6 million worth of cannabis plants in Tramore in Waterford, €1.4 million worth in Swinford in Mayo, €1.2 million worth in Ardee in Louth and €800,000 worth in Newbridge in Kildare.
A storage depot for equipment used in cultivation was also discovered in an industrial unit in Blanchardstown in Dublin.
The investigation is part of a planned intelligence led operation by local gardai from the Garda National Drug Unit.
The men were all detained under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.