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The growhouse in Tralee
The growhouse in Tralee
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Two charged over €2 million cannabis seizures

Another man who jumped from a roof to escape gardaí in the course of an ‘Operation Nitrogen’ raid in Kerry remains in hospital.
Oct 22nd 2013, 9:29 AM 8,215 28

TWO MEN HAVE been charged in connection with yesterday’s coordinated garda raids on cannabis growhouses in Roscommon and Cavan.

Cannabis worth around €2 million was seized in the course of three raids carried out yesterday as part of ‘Operation Nitrogen’. The third was in Tralee in Co Kerry.

One man remains in Garda custody in Tralee Garda Station this morning in connection with that operation. A second man is still receiving treatment at Tralee General Hospital after he jumped from a roof in the Clash Industrial Estate as he tried to escape.

Both men being detained in Kerry are aged in their 20s and originally from Vietnam. Around 1,800 cannabis plants were uncovered at the Tralee industrial unit.

Coordinated searches

All of the premises raided yesterday were searched simultaneously by gardaí from the National Drugs Unit with the assistance of local officers.

A 50-year-old man arrested in connection with the operation at a house and outbuildings in Virginia, Co Cavan, is scheduled to appear before Cavan District Court at around 10.30am.

A 39-year-old man detained over the raid at a house in Falty, Oldtown, Co Roscommon is scheduled to appear before Tuam District Court.

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