WHAT STARTED as a call to tackle a house fire turned into a drugs bust and investigation after it was discovered that the property the fire brigade were attempting to save was in fact a grow house.
Gardaí in Roscrea, Tipperary have seized cannabis believed to be worth €120,000 after emergency services were called to a house in Rathnavogue at around 7am yesterday morning, Monday 25th November, to tackle a fire which had caused extensive damage to the property.
Once the fire services had extinguished the blaze, Gardaí entered and conducted a search on the house-- which is when they discovered that it had in fact been converted into a grow house for cannabis.
During the search, Gardaí found mature cannabis plants estimated to be worth €120,000, as well as a complex cultivation system of grow house equipment such as heat lamps, fans and a watering system.
The suspected cannabis will now be sent for analysis.
It is unclear whether anyone was registered as living in or owning the house, and there have been no reported arrests, however investigations are ongoing.
Gardaí are appealing for anyone who has any information to contact Nenagh Garda Station on 067-50450, The Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.