A MAN has been questioned about the discovery of a cannabis cultivation operation in a house in Cork city.
The discovery on Grattan Street this morning is the sixth such discovery in Cork city and county in the past month.
In yesterday's discovery, 15 plants, with an estimated value of €12,000, was seized, along with an undisclosed sum of money. Also found at the address were cannabis herb, cocaine, ecstasy tablets, and LSD. The overall seizure of drugs has an estimated value of €34,000, pending analysis.
Uniformed gardaí from Anglesea Street made the discovery after searching the property on foot of a warrant.
On November 19, gardaí from the Mallow District Drugs Unit a grow house containing €26,000 worth of cannabisplants and €26,300 worth of cannabis herb.
On November 4, five cannabis plants worth an estimated €4,000 and cannabis herb worth an estimated €1,900 were seized in a house in Kanturk.
On November 3, an unrelated search in Midleton unearthed €9,000 worth of suspected cannabis plants. Two people who were arrested were released without charge.
And on October 30, a growhouse with €46,600 of cannabis plants was discovered by gardaí after a fire broke out in a house at Tullyland in Bandon. A follow up search at three houses in Ballinhassig led to the discovery of a second growhouse, containing €47,000 of cannabis plants.
A man was charged in relation to it.
Gardai said that major growhouse operations are not being carried out in Cork at the moment. However, people are growing smaller amounts in their homes. In some cases, gardaí are alerted by landlords who are concerned about the hike in electricity being used.