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Rental properties used for cannabis growhouses

  By CAROL BYRNE GARDAÍ are appealing to landlords to frequently check their properties arising from the discovery of six cannabis growhouses, all located in rental properties in County Clare in the past three weeks. The warning comes after gardaí uncovered a sixth grow house in County Clare last Thursday, where cannabis plants with an estimated street value of up to €144,000 were found in Mullagh. This latest haul brings the total drugs seized in the county to €1.43 million. The seizure was made as part of an ongoing operation targeting the cultivation, possession and sale of cannabis in the county. “Because of recent discoveries of cannabis growhouses in the county we are asking all those who have rented properties to check them and ensure all is in order and if they have any suspicions to contact the Gardaí immediately,” Superintendent Derek Smart of Ennis Garda Station said. He said “in the vast majority” of grow house cases the operations …

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Ballynacally death inquiry ongoing

GARDA investigations are ongoing in respect of the discovery of the  body of Mr Tony McIlroy in Ballynacally on Saturday morning last. The body of 61 year-old, Mr McIlroy, from Kilmaley, was found  close to the community centre. A post mortem examination was carried out on Saturday and determined Mr McElroy died from natural causes. While gardaí have ruled out foul play and are treating the matter as a sudden death,  they continue to investigate the wider movements of Mr McElroy leading up to his death in order to prepare a file for the county coroner. Mr McIlroy’s funeral mass took place on Tuesday morning in Kilmaley Church, with burial afterwards at Mount Temple Cemetery, Kilmaley.

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€1.3m cannabis plants seized

A SEIZURE of 240 cannabis plants in East Clare on Wednesday brought the approximate street value of plants found in separate garda searches around the county to €1.29 million in the past week. Gardaí seized 240 cannabis plants with an approximate street value of €190,000 at a house in Faha, Cahir at 2.30pm on Wednesday. The seizure was made as a part of an ongoing operation into the sale and supply of illegal drugs in the Clare area by the Clare Divisional Drugs Unit. There were no arrests as part of the search. The scene was being preserved for technical examination on Wednesday evening. Last Wednesday as part of an operation targeting the cultivation of cannabis, gardaí from Kilrish Garda Station searched a house at Breaffa, Carraigaholt, and discovered 600 plants growing and evidence of in excess of 500 harvested plants. The drugs seized were estimated to have a street value of almost €500,000. On Monday morning, gardaí searched a …

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Gardaí scupper cannabis cultivation

GARDAÍ targeting the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Kilkee area,  yesterday discovered two separate cannabis cultivation operations. Gardaí searched a house in Lislanahan, Kilkee, where approximately 200 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of €160,000  were discovered. A man and woman, both aged 23 years, were arrested and detained at Kilrush Garda station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. In the second operation, gardaí searched a property in Tullaroe, Kilkee, where approximately 300 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of €280,000 were discovered. A man in his 50s was arrested and detained at Ennis Garda station under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996. These finds follow on from from a cannabis “grow” find in Carrigaholt area last week.

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New Year’s Day Shots Fired in Ennis

GARDAÍ in Ennis are investigating after shots were  fired at an occupied house in Ennis on the morning of New Year’s Day. A firearm was discharged at Childers Road, Cloughleigh at approximately 5am. It is understood that although the house was occupied at the time no persons were injured during the incident. A man, aged 46, was arrested in connection with the garda investigation and was detained at Ennis Garda Station under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939 to 1998. He has since been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Investigations are ongoing and anyone who can assist the gardaí with their enquiries is asked to contact them on 065-6848100.

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€1m seized on Clare-Limerick border

GARDAÍ seized €1m in cash and arrested two people in Portrusha,  on the Clare Limerick border at the weekend. The operation, which is part of an ongoing investigation into organised criminal activity in the Limerick area, was carried out on Saturday afternoon. The cash was discovered when Gardai attached to the Divisional Drugs and Crime Units searched a property at Portcrusha near Castleconnell. Two males aged in their 50s and 40s were arrested and detained at Henry St Garda Station during the operation. On Monday, a male in his 50s remained in Garda custody where he is detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.  He can be held for up to seven days. The  second male in his 40s arrested has been released without charge.  

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Car with garda’s cloned number plates sought

AN ENNIS-based garda’s own car registration number has been cloned and is being used on a Volkswagen Golf, wanted in connection with a spate of burglaries in the county. The revelation came at a public meeting of Clare’s Joint Policing Committee and senior gardaí also confirmed that a speed van also had its plates cloned. The issue of cloned plates was raised by Councillor Tony Mulqueen. He said he was aware of members of the public who had received speeding fines in the post in respect of times and locations where they could not have been. He said it is “so easy to clone” registration plates and is “very upsetting” for people affected by this practice. Chief Superintendent John Kerin said they are aware of the practice and that gardaí are not immune, as he outlined details of a car wanted by the gardaí. “There were 11 or 12 burglaries committed in the last month in the county, in which …

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Fireworks Seized in Planned Garda Operation

Gardaí in Shannon have seized a large quantity of fireworks under Operation Tombola. The assortment of fireworks have an estimated street value of up to €2,000 and were discovered and seized as part of an intelligence-led operation. Gardaí from the Shannon Detective Unit carried out a planned search of a house in the Rossbracken Housing Estate in the town on Wednesday afternoon and uncovered the fireworks. No arrests have been made but the investigation is ongoing.

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