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Nine arrested as drug dogs help sniff out €1.2 million worth of cannabis in planned raids

Sophisticated growhouses were discovered during the four day operation in Tipperary.

Sophisticated growhouse raided in Hollyford, Tipperary.
Sophisticated growhouse raided in Hollyford, Tipperary.
Image: Garda Press Office

OVER 25 PLANNED raids designed to disrupt organised drug gangs has led to the seizure of over €1.2 million worth of controlled substances.

The large scale searches, known as Operation Overwatch, were completed across the Tipperary Division from 26 to 30 September.

Gardaí from the Tipperary Divisional Drugs Unit together with detective, uniform and community gardaí, including officers from the National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and the Garda Dog Unit took part.

Organised crime

Gardai said:

  • On Wednesday 28 September, officers entered a premises in Hollyford and discovered  a sophisticated cannabis growhouse and drugs worth €1.1 million. Two men in their 40s were arrested and are currently being questioned.
  • Last Sunday, a growhouse was located in Ballykisteen, Tipperary with drugs to the value of €7,000. A man was arrested but later released without charge and a file has been sent to the DPP.
  • On Wednesday, a growhouse in Nenagh was raided and €20,000 worth of cannabis was seized. Gardai said a 43-year-old man was arrested and charged and remanded on bail to appear at Nenagh District Court on 14 October.

Drugs Holyford 2 Drugs discovered in Hollyford, Tipperary.

A garda spokesman said:

As part of this planned operation a total of 26 locations were searched across the Division with nine suspects arrested for possession of drugs for sale and supply

“Further searches took place this morning with additional arrests made. Gardaí can also confirm that as part of this operation, a total of 34 penal warrants and 14 bench warrants were executed with these offenders currently before the District Court.”

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