Nine arrested after €640,000 worth of cannabis seized

Six Portuguese men, one UK national and Irish man and woman held

Cannabis plants seized by gardaí as part of an investigation focused on Dublin and Wexford. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Cannabis plants seized by gardaí as part of an investigation focused on Dublin and Wexford. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

 

Gardaí have seized €640,000 worth of cannabis plants and arrested nine people as part of an investigation in Dublin and Wexford.

Gardaí carried out a number of searches in Dublin and Wexford on Saturday as part of an intelligence led operation targeting an organised crime group involved in the supply of drugs.

During the operation a cannabis cultivation unit was discovered when gardaí­ searched a commercial premises in the north inner city area of Dublin.

More than 800 cannabis plants at various stages of growth, with an estimated value of €640,000 (analysis pending), were seized.

Four people were arrested at the scene. Searches were also carried out at locations in Co Wexford where five further arrests were made as part of the investigation.

A total of nine people are currently detained at Garda Stations in Dublin and Wexford. Those arrested include six Portuguese nationals (all male), one UK national (male), and a man and woman from Ireland. They range in age from 17 to 45 years.

The investigation is ongoing.