Sgt Chris McCormack(right) and Garda James Morrisroe check the contents of one of the bags of cannabis plants found at the property in Church Street, Cootehill, last week. Photo: Brian Mulligan
The cannabis grow house detected in Cootehill last week, with an estimated street value of over €800,000 for the drugs and equipment found inside, is one of the largest ever to be discovered in this region. It's believed to have been the eleventh such "grow house" discovered and shut down by the Garda Division Drugs Unit in the county in the last two years.
The find comes in the same week that a Chinese national was jailed at Cavan Circuit Court for five years for having cannabis for sale or supply at an estate in Ballyconnell. Hua Goa, 37 Bother Glas, Ballyconnell, pleaded guilty to the charge after the 'grow house' containing 209 plants was detected on April 15, 2011 (for court report, see courts section of website).
For full story on Cootehill raid, see this week's Anglo-Celt.