A house on the outskirts of Dundalk was turned into a ‘sophisticated, expansive’ cannabis-growing operation that went on for a number of months, according to Sinn Féin TD Ruairí Ó Murchú who attended the scene.
Pictures from the search by Gardaí, which took place on October 5, show how the house in Hill Street had been turned into a cannabis growing factory.
Mr Ó Murchú said he had been alerted to the situation at the house when he was contacted by the landlord, and the TD called Gardaí.
The Dundalk deputy said: ‘This property was unwittingly rented out at the start of the year. The landlord was appalled that almost every room in the house had been cleared of furniture and fittings and turned into a cannabis grow house.
‘The walls of the rooms were covered in silver insulation material, while there were air extraction and irrigation systems fitted.
‘It was a sophisticated and expansive operation that involved every available space in the property being used to grow cannabis. It was clear that the plants, which were estimated to have a value of around €23,000, had been stripped of their leaves before the Gardaí arrived’.
Mr Ó Murchú raised the issue at last week’s JPC meeting between political representatives and Gardaí.
He said: ‘No arrests have been made and I would reiterate the Garda appeal for anyone with information about this cannabis growing operation to come forward or contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.
‘This is yet another side to the lucrative drugs trade in Dundalk and the wider constituency and shows how people are willing and able to go to considerable lengths to make money from it’.