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Two arrested after underground cannabis bunker disguised as solar panels is discovered in Galway

Entrance to underground bunker.

Cannabis plants found in Dunmore, North Galway.

Cannabis plants seized in Co Galway.

Paul Hyland

Gardaí have arrested a man and a woman (30s and 60s) after a cannabis grow house was discovered in an underground bunker at a premises in county Galway.

Images released by Gardaí from the premises show that the entrance to the bunker was disguised as a solar panel.

As part of Operation Tara, Gardaí attached to the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit seized cannabis worth over €70,000 and arrested two people following a search in the Dunmore area of north Galway yesterday, May 10.

“Gardaí, who carried out the search under warrant, discovered an underground bunker at the premises. Cannabis plants worth €52,800 and cannabis herb valued at €11,500 was seized,” Gardaí said.

“A woman (60s) and man (30s) were both arrested at the scene. They are currently detained at Galway Divisional Headquarters under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act 1996.

“A follow up search was carried out in Galway city later in the evening, and a further €6,000 in cannabis herb was discovered.”

Gardaí said all of the drugs seized will now be sent for further analysis.

Investigations are ongoing.

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