Drug cops find 450-plant cannabis ‘FOREST in attic of ‘elaborate’ Clonee growhouse during ‘Breaking Bad’ style raid
Gardai uncovered a “forest in the attic” of an “elaborate cannabis growhouse” during a dramatic raid on a suburban Dublin home last night.
And a follow-up search of another Dublin property turned up expensive jewellery, a flash Mercedes Benz and high-end fashion accessories – while a bank account containing over €130,000 was also frozen.
A source tonight told how the entire three-bed semi-D was taken over by mind-bending, “massive, lush” 8ft weed plants, except for one small box room upstairs.
One man is still at large following the “Breaking Bad’ style raid on the suspected Clonee growhouse which saw a massive Garda presence swarm on the normally quiet Dublin 15 housing estate last night.
Officers discovered a sophisticated operation telling us tonight that “much of the premises had been adapted to the cultivation of cannabis plants”.
An “elaborate” ventilation system was allegedly also found, while ESB workers cut power to the house last night while two uniformed members of the force guarded the property throughout the night.
Last night we told how a barefoot man jumped from the roof of the Hazelbury Park home’s front porch to escape gardai during the dramatic police raid involving scores of both plain clothes and uniformed gardai.
A female officer took after the fleeing man on foot with the Garda helicopter providing air support. However, he still managed to escape and gardai have confirmed this evening that no arrests have been made as yet.
Shocked residents of the estate meanwhile told how another guard at the scene told onlookers, “we found a forest in the attic”.
Residents described to Dublin Live how a huge garda presence descended on the quiet street yesterday evening.
The raid came after several complaints were made over a suspicious smell coming from the home over the past number of weeks.
One told Dublin Live that “you couldn’t even have a window open, it was that strong”.
Another neighbour told us that a large foil pipe could be seen going from the hallway to the upstairs.
“It might be some sort of ventilation system,” they added.
It is unclear how many people were living in the house, which is understood to be rented.
Gardai confirmed last night’s massive haul with a spokesman telling Dublin Live this evening: “Gardaí in Blanchardstown have seized €400,000 worth of mature cannabis plants following the search of a residence in Hazelbury Park, Dublin 15 yesterday evening, Thursday 18th March 2021 at approximately 7pm.
“Following intelligence received, Gardaí obtained a search warrant for a premises in Hazelbury Park.
“During the course of the search Gardaí discovered an elaborate grow house whereby much of the premises had been adapted to the cultivation of cannabis plants, as well as an elaborate ventilation system. https://data.reachplc.com/210773178539868?utm_source=dublin_live_newsletter&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter2&utm_medium=email&pure360.trackingid=&isIframeEmbed=1
“Gardaí seized approximately 450 mature cannabis plants with an estimated street value of €400,000, pending analysis.
“A second, follow-up search was conducted at a residence on Cedarhurst Road, Dublin 7.
“During the course of this search, Gardaí seized a large quantity of designer goods including bags, shoes and jewellery, and a 181 Mercedes-Benz vehicle, all of which are suspected as being the proceeds of crime.
“A bank account containing over €130,000 was also frozen during the search operation.”
They added that no arrests have been made at this time and investigations are ongoing.