THE GARDAI HAVE had a busy three days since they carried out a number of searches, seizures and arrests as part of their Operation Nitrogen crackdown on the illegal cannabis trade.
They found and seized cannabis plants with an estimated street worth of €1m at an industrial unit on the Nangor Road in Dublin yesterday evening. Two men, one aged in his 30s and one in his 40s, are still being questioned in relation to the find at Ballyfermot Garda Station.
Meanwhile, an eighth man who was arrested as part of a series of raids on Wednesday is to be charged in Dublin District Court 44 this morning. He is in his 30s and his charge comes a day after one man appeared at Gorey District Court, two men at Drogheda and four men at Longford, all on drugs charges.
The eighth man had been detained at Mullingar Garda station in Westmeath but was brought to Dublin for charging this morning.
Operation Nitrogen is specifically targeting the cultivation of cannabis plants and information led gardai to a number of premises on Wednesday, where they seized over €4.6m worth of plants. That amounts to 5,800 cannabis plants which were being grown across a number of locations.