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Two charged over €200,000 cannabis farm raid

Some 350 plants and several kilos of herbal cannabis were seized at a rural house in north Co Dublin.

Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

TWO MEN HAVE been charged after gardaí discovered a large cache of herbal cannabis and growing plants at a house in rural north Co Dublin.

Some 350 cannabis plants at different stages of maturity were seized in the raid on what gardaí called a “fully functioning growhouse” in Ballyboughal, along with 4kg of herbal cannabis. The total street value of the drugs was estimated at €200,000.

The men, aged 27 and 32 years, were arrested in the operation on Tuesday evening and held at Ballymun garda station. They were charged last night and will appear at Balbriggan District Court this morning.

Gardaí said the operation was based on intelligence and carried out by officers from the National Drugs Unit, who discovered a sophisticated lighting and irrigation system in two rooms inside the house as well as one outhouse. All the substances seized have been sent for forensic analysis.

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