Woman arrested after East Clare drugs seizure

Woman arrested after East Clare drugs seizure


Gardaí leaving the property this evening – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Gardaí have uncovered a ‘significant grow house’ and arrested a woman following an operation intelligence led operation in East Clare.

A search of a premises at Tinerana near Killaloe was carried out earlier today involving members of the Clare Divisional Drugs Unit, supported by local uniform and plainclothes Gardaí, the Western Region Armed Support Unit and the Cork Garda Dog Unit.

Gardaí have confirmed that a significant grow house has been discovered with the evidence of the production of Cannabis at all stages (nursery, mature plants, dried plants).

According to Gardaí: “At this time, a large number of plants with an estimated street value of €900,000 pending analysis.”

A female (early 20s), non-Irish national, has been arrested at the scene and is currently being detained at Ennis Garda Station under section 4 Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

ESB engineers attended the scene to make the area safe for Gardaí. A wall covered in electrical plug boards and transformers had to be made safe before Gardaí could complete their examination of the area.

The search and investigations remain ongoing.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.