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Three foreign nationals remain in custody after gardai bust grow-house operation

Three foreign nationals remain in custody after gardai bust grow-house operation

Three foreign nationals remain in custody after they were arrested at a grow-house operation which Garda sources described as “highly sophisticated and well planned.”

Gardaí in Co Cork have arrested the three men after uncovering a cannabis grow-house with plants worth a potential €250,000.

Detectives in Fermoy found the grow-house when they raided an old Victorian house on the Rathhealy Road in the town yesterday evening and found over 300 cannabis plants in the building.

The plants were being grown in one room and a second room had also been converted and was ready for use with a full lighting, heating and hydroponic system to cultivate the plants.

The three, a 56-year-old Serbian-born man with New Zealand citizenship, a 39-year-old Malaysian man and 50-year-old Hong Kong-born man with British citizenship were arrested at the scene.

They are being held under Section 2 of the Drugs Trafficking Act which allows gardaí detain suspects for up to seven days before they have to be charged or released without charge.