THE discovery of a major cannabis growing factory on the Main Street of Borrisokane over the weekend, has caused shock and disbelief among local people in the area.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, Gardaí with the Tipperary Division at Borrisokane raided a business premises on the Main Street. Over 1,500 cannabis plants were discovered, along with a quantity of cannabis herb, which was prepared for smoking. The combined potential street value of the seizure was about E900,000.
Gardaí said the premises had been renovated into a sohisticated cannabis growing factory. An extensive system of lighting, heat and ventilation had been installed. Incubation and potting rooms were also discovered in the premises. A large amount of cultivation paraphernalia were also found. No arrests have been made so far though investigations are continuing. Shocked local Cllr Michael O’Meara complimented gardaí on the find, and expressed his disbelief that such activities could have taken place right in the middle of the town.
Cllr O’Meara had previously rented out the property, located above a Chinese Restaurant on the Main Street. “I was completely unaware of what they were up to. There were two members of local staff there as well and they were completely unaware of what was taking place.”
“It was a huge shock to me,” added Cllr O’Meara. “I didn’t realise anything until the guards rang me on Friday evening. I gave them immediate access to the premises, and I facilitated them completely in their investigations. It’s a shock to me and it’s a shock to the town.”
The premises is located on the second and third floor above a Chinese Restaurant. The apartments are completely separate to the floors beneath. Cllr O’Meara’s own consituency office is also located nearby, but due to the sophisticated nature of the operation, locals could have had no hint that a major drugs factory was in operation only yards away.
“I’d like to compliment the local gardaí. They did a great job, very professionally. They gave me great assurances and told me I had no way of knowing,” added Cllr O’Meara, who said the gardaí are “winning the war against drugs”.