Man in court over discovery of fully functioning cannabis grow house

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
The cannabis grow house discovered by gardai in Athy
The cannabis grow house discovered by gardai in Athy

A man has been charged in relation to the discovery of a fully functioning cannabis grow house.

Gardai seized a large amount of cannabis and cannabis plants at a fully functioning 'grow house' in Kildare on Monday night. 

As part of an intelligence led operation Gardaí from the Kildare Drugs & Crime Unit, assisted by local Gardaí, seized the drugs which have an estimated value of €700,000.
The seizure was made following the planned search of a premises in the Ard Scoil area of Athy, County Kildare shortly after 11pm.
The premises was found to be a fully functioning 'grow house' and a number of items of drug cultivation paraphernalia were seized.
A 43-year-old man was arrested early this morning in the Athy area and is currently detained at Kildare Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. 
He is due to appear before Naas District Court this morning at 10.30am. 
"These operations use advanced analytical and intelligence methods to disrupt criminals and dismantle their networks," a gardai spokesperson said. 
"Drug seizures play a critical role in targeting the livelihood of criminals and reducing their ability to carry out illegal activities. Drug seizures also help protect communities from the devastating impact of drugs and the associated criminality."